40-year-old Patrick “Brain” Aguirre, former DJ At The Breeze was sentenced to 20 years in prison on drug trafficking charges Monday.
Aguirre was sentenced in the 114th State District Court in Tyler.
A local radio personality is facing new drug charges after a Thursday arrest and accusations he was involved in organized crime involving drugs and thousands of dollars of suspicious bank deposits.
Patrick Aaron Aguirre, 39, was arrested and charged with engaging in criminal organized activity and manufacturing of a controlled substance, on top of the original drug possession charge for which he was arrested May 3.
Aguirre was booked into the Smith County Jail on Thursday on bonds totaling $850,000.
Four other people were arrested in connection with the arrest. They are charged with engaging in organized criminal activity.
Aguirre’s girlfiend Jessica Renee Pauline Nelson is being held on a $500,000 bond; Jesse Campos, 49, of Whitehouse, is jailed on $50,000 bond; Justin Campos, 28, of Whitehouse, on $10,000 bond; and Elizabeth Bolton, 26, of Whitehouse, on $10,000 bond.
According to arrest affidavits, the investigation began in December 2015, when an officer working a part-time security job at a Tyler bank noticed people making frequent, large deposits to an account.
The suspects were depositing money into the account, held by Justin and Jesse Campos, in amounts of $5,000 or less to avoid having to fill out currency transaction reports. Investigators determined Jesse Campos’ income would not have been sufficient to cover these amounts. They found out Campos had left his oilfield job and his Facebook profile showed him as the president of a marijuana dispensary listed as operating out of Los Angeles, California.
Further investigation showed Campos' son, Justin, was connected with known local drug dealers.
The FBI became involved, investigating the cash transactions. The FBI found other accounts connected to Campos and his son. The investigators found deposits being made by the girlfriends of the two men, as well as deposits being made to and from other accounts of the same amounts deposited.
During the investigation, Jesse Campos had more than $270,000 in deposits in 2015, according to the affidavits. Cash deposits accounted for more than $160,000.
The investigators found Justin Campos’ girlfriend, Elizabeth Bolton, had been making deposits to the account. They found her accounts had more than $215,000 in deposits during the investigation period.
The investigators found 91 percent of the withdrawals from the accounts occurred in California and 96 percent of the deposits in Tyler. When large deposits were made in Tyler, matching withdrawals were made within a day in California. Bolton’s occupation was listed as “student” and unemployed on bank records. The investigators were able to determine the suspects had been working together to move cash from one account to another.
During the course of the investigation, a detective working part-time at the bank was present when a man made a deposit in Campos’ account. He was identified as Aguirre.
During surveillance of Aguirre’s residence, multiple vehicles were noted as coming and going. During a stop of a vehicle leaving the residence Feb. 22, officers found more than 2 pounds of marijuana, and five packages of THC oil for e-cigarettes, marked as being for medical use in California.
Aguirre and his girlfriend were both pulled over and searched shortly after, but neither were arrested at the time. Investigators later found Aguirre had purchased a vehicle in his Nelson’s name after the traffic stops.
Almost all account activity on Jesse Campos’ accounts stopped after Aguirre was pulled over.
In April, Aguirre was seen driving to a place where Campos lived and picked up a package.
On May 3, Aguirre was arrested at a home in the 700 block of Becky Drive in Tyler. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance of less than 5 pounds, but more than 4 ounces, a state felony.
Investigators seized marijuana and more than $21,000 in cash. Aguirre and his Nelson were determined to be responsible for at least $60,000 of the deposits to Campos’ accounts.
Investigators searched Campos’ residence on Hummingbird Lane, where Aguirre had picked up the package. They found 2.4 pounds of marijuana, 15.5 grams of hydrocodone, seven pistols and an AR-15 rifle. Justin Campos and Elizabeth Bolton were present at the time of the search.
KYTX/Tyler Morning Telegraph