Two Tyler residents plead guilty to federal drug charges

Mario Espinoza De la Fuente

Two Tyler residents pleaded guilty to federal drug charges in the Eastern District of Texas Court on Monday. 

Vanessa Zamora, 35, of Tyler entered a guilty plea for her role in the possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance, 23 grams or more of methamphetamine. 

Zamora was processed into the Smith County Jail on a federal detainer at 5:17 p.m. Monday, according to jail records. She will remain in the jail until she is sentenced by the court, according to federal court documents. 

Zamora and an accomplice, Mario Espinoza De la Fuente, were indicted by a federal grand jury on March 22 for possession of methamphetamine and for selling drug paraphernalia. 

De la Fuente entered a guilty plea in the Eastern District of Texas Court on July 26. He pleaded guilty to selling and offering to sell drug paraphernalia in the Eastern District of Texas and elsewhere beginning at a time unknown and continuing until Aug. 17, 2016, according to the indictment. 

A preliminary order of forfeiture of property was held on July 27. The court could rule that De la Fuente forfeit a property in the 200 block of Englewood Avenue in Tyler and $10,000 that was earned in the commission of the crime, according to the indictment.  

De la Fuente remains in the Gregg County Jail county jail awaiting sentencing, according to Gregg County judicial records. 

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I started working at the Tyler Morning Telegraph in June 2016. I am a retired U.S. Air Force Sr. Master Sergeant. After a 21-year military career, in Security Forces, the military police of the Air Force, I went back to college and studied journalism.