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Bryan man gets 25 years for drug-related convictions

By CRAIG KAPITAN

Eagle Staff Writer

A 45-year-old Bryan man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Friday, several months after a search of his Ash Street home netted multiple bags of cocaine and other drug-dealing paraphernalia.

Jose Taverez agreed to the sentence as part of a plea deal for possessing 16 grams of cocaine with intent to deliver. The felony charge is punishable by between 10 and 99 years or life in prison.

But because he had been sent to prison on two previous occasions, Taverez was eligible to have his minimum sentence raised to 25 years had he taken the case to trial, Assistant District Attorney Brian Baker said.

In the early 1990s, Taverez was sentenced to 20 years in prison on similar drug charges.

Taverez was arrested in May, following surveillance and a search of his home by the Brazos Valley Narcotics Task Force. During the search, officers located bags with cocaine residue throughout the residence, along with a digital scale and smaller amounts of marijuana.

Task force members also found a .22-caliber rifle, which is illegal for a felon to posses. A separate sentence wasn’t handed out for the firearm charge, but it was taken into consideration while determining Taverez’s drug sentence, Baker said. Taverez’s attorney, Michael O’Connor, could not be reached for comment late Friday afternoon.

• Craig Kapitan’s e-mail address is ckapitan@theeagle.com.

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