A man convicted of conspiring with a Columbian drug smuggler who was arrested in Nacogdoches has been sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison.
Brian Darrel Givens was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael J. Truncale to 15 years and 8 months in prison for his role in a plot to smuggle more than 25 pounds of cocaine, methampehtanmine and heroin from Texas to Illinois.
His accomplice, Harold Eder Caicedo Camacho, who was arrested in Nacogdoches on June 16, 2018, has been sentenced to 21 years. A third defendant, Amber Chevon Edwards, pleaded guilty but is awaiting sentencing. A date had not been scheduled as of Tuesday.
Givens was arrested in the Chicago area after federal authorities watched Camacho deliver more than 13 pounds of cocaine, nearly 10 pounds of methamphetamine and more than a pound of heroin in June 2018, according to court records.
Camacho was captured during a traffic stop in Nacogdoches on his return trip to Houston with more than a quarter million dollars hidden in his vehicle, according to an affidavit filed by Department of Homeland Security agent Jeff Fuselier. The next day, federal agents raided his home in Houston and found an additional $658,880.
That represents only a fraction of the $1.159 million federal investigators say the three earned off drug smuggling. Federal prosecutors are seeking to seize $202,000 from Edwards and $95,000 from Givens.
On June 12, 2018 investigators watched Camacho and Edwards leave Houston, knowing they would travel to the Chicago area. Three days later, they watched Camacho in a parking lot of a hotel in Lansing, Illinois, as he handed off a bag to Givens. Authorities stopped Givens, and the drugs were found in his vehicle, according to court records.
Court records list 18 aliases for Camacho, including Nathan Cancel Sanchez, the name he gave Nacogdoches police when he was arrested, according to the affidavit.
Camacho, a citizen of Colombia, was deported in 1998, 2008, 2013 and 2016, according to court documents. He told police he re-entered the U.S. at McAllen in December 2016. He faces deportation once he is released from prison.