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Man Sentenced to 105 Months on Federal Drug Charges

January 20, 2012

Montgomery, Alabama - Eduardo Leal-Arispe, 47, of McAllen, Texas, was sentenced yesterday to 105 months in federal prison, after being convicted on one count of possessing with the intent to distribute almost a kilogram of heroin and one count of interstate transportation in aid of racketeering enterprises, U.S. Attorney George L. Beck, Jr., announced today.

On February 13, 2009, Leal was stopped by an Alabama certified commercial vehicle enforcement trooper for a safety inspection while driving a tractor-trailer truck South on I-85 in Montgomery, Alabama. Upon searching the vehicle, Alabama State Troopers found $1,188,730 in cash in the sleeper compartment of the tractor-trailer truck. Troopers also found in the sleeper compartment almost a kilogram of heroin. On November 14, 2011, Leal pled guilty to possessing with the intent to distribute the heroin and to traveling in interstate commerce with the intent to distribute $1,188,730 in proceeds from the sale of illegal drugs.

“These criminals are bringing this poison into our state, poisoning our communities, our families and our children. My office will continue to work with law enforcement and vigorously prosecute drug dealers who distribute illegal drugs that destroy families and communities,” stated George L. Beck, U.S. Attorney.

Chief U. S. District Judge Keith Watkins remanded Leal to the custody of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to complete service of his 105-month sentence which was ordered to run concurrently with approximately 14 months remaining on a prior federal drug conviction that Leal received in Corpus Christi, Texas. Leal was also ordered to serve 4 years of supervised release and to pay a special assessment fee of $200.00.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Alabama Department of Public Safety, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jared Morris.


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