Trammell pleads no contest to theft of firearm charges
Former Nixon City Councilman Auvye Trammell was back in Gonzales County Wednesday morning.
Trammell, 49, appeared before Judge Dwight Peschel in 2nd 25th District Court to deal with three counts of theft of firearms.
Trammell pleaded no contest to the charges and was sentenced to three terms of 180 days in a state jail facility. The terms will run concurrent with the prison term Trammell is currently serving out in Louisiana.
Trammell, who was handcuffed and wearing an orange Gonzales County inmate uniform, appeared to be in good spirits and even engaged Judge Peschel in some lighthearted banter.
A longtime member of Nixon’s municipal government, Trammell was sentenced last July to spend a year and a half in federal prison for his role in a drug running operation which transported marijuana from Laredo to Nixon. He was also ordered to pay four years’ back income taxes.
He was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents on June 3, 2010 and faced charges of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to sell or distribute marijuana, both felonies. He pleaded guilty to one count on Nov. 18, 2010.
Trammell and Jesse Maldonado Jr. were indicted by a federal grand jury in June, 2010 on charges of conspiring to traffic more than 100 kilograms of marijuana and specific incidents of possessing more than 50 kilograms of marijuana. Maldonado allegedly was involved as the driver of a vehicle loaded with 80 kilograms of marijuana, and Trammell was charged in connection with the chase to halt that vehicle in San Antonio.
Trammell was elected to the Nixon city council in 1990 and served through 2001. He was defeated in a re-election bid at that time. He was re-elected in 2001 due to a vacancy and held the seat for 10 years.