A 43-year-old ex-con and suspected Mexican Mafia member recently was sentenced to 25 years in prison for dealing methamphetamine and related charges.

Ingram resident Jimmy Juan Diaz, who has been jailed 12 times in Kerr County on various felony and misdemeanor charges, was arrested June 28, 2018, after police say he was caught selling meth to an informant in a sting operation organized by investigators with the Kerrville Police Department’s Special Crimes Unit. 

After police observed the transaction in the parking lot of the Dollar General Store on Loop 534, officers pulled over the dealer’s vehicle, a van, and arrested the occupants — Diaz and 34-year-old Nadejda Nicole Flora.

As they were being pulled over, Diaz and Flora hid the money from the transaction, according to a police affidavit. After Kerr County Animal Control officers removed an aggressive dog from the van, police searched the vehicle and found $80 on the floorboard where Flora had been sitting, according to the affidavit. The informant had used that money to purchase 1.7 grams of meth. Officers also reportedly found packaging, torn baggies, trace amounts of meth, busted meth pipes and a digital scale. 

Flora cooperated with police and admitted her involvement, but Diaz was not cooperative, according to the affidavit. 

Diaz was released on bail the following month but failed to appear in court at least three times. He was arrested on multiple warrants in March and held in jail for his pending cases. Diaz appeared before 216th District Judge N. Keith Williams on May 23 and pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony drug-dealing charge, a third-degree felony evidence-tampering charge and a third-degree felony bail-jumping charge. The charges are punishable by a combined 40 years in prison. 

Diaz was held in jail after pleading guilty in order to attend hearings on his pending two misdemeanor bail jumping charges and two misdemeanor marijuana possession charges from the last two years. He pleaded guilty to these charges on Tuesday before County Court-at-Law Judge Susan Harris. 

Diaz went to prison on a 10-year sentence in 2006 for two felony drug charges, as well as an organized crime charge.

Flora, who has been jailed nine times in Kerr County on charges related to traffic, drug possession and theft, has pending evidence tampering and meth possession charges stemming from the sting operation. Since 2004, she’s pleaded guilty to felonies including forgery, credit/debit card abuse and meth possession.

She has a jury trial slated for July 22.

The office of 216th District Attorney Lucy Wilke prosecuted Diaz and is handling Flora’s case.

“My office has always taken a strong stance against drug dealers,” Wilke said. “We will continue to do so. My policy is no probation for drug dealers.”

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