TWO DEQUEEN MEN APPEARED IN COURT TODAY ON CHARGES OF POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 19, 2012
Texarkana, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Onecimo Mora-Macedo and Jose Frausto-Sanchez appeared in United States District Court for their initial appearances. A complaint against Mora-Macedo and Frausto-Sanchez was filed March 16, charging the men with possession of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, with intent to distribute. United States Magistrate Judge Barry Bryant signed the complaint on March 16, 2012.
According to the affidavit filed with the criminal complaint, on or about March 15, 2012, agents with Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) learned the description and tag number of a vehicle traveling to a Wal-Mart in New Boston, Texas where it would be picked up by unknown individuals. Agents were informed, and later confirmed, that the vehicle, a 2003 Toyota Avalon, contained a large quantity of methamphetamine. Officers conducting surveillance witnessed a Toyota Tundra with an Arkansas license plate arrive at the location. The vehicle was registered to and driven by Onecimo Mora-Macedo. Upon his arrival, officers witnessed an unknown Hispanic male, later identified as Jose Frausto-Sanchez, exit the truck and enter the Toyota Avalon. Frausto-Sanchez was observed handing money to the individual who had been driving the Toyota Avalon. Officers followed Frausto-Sanchez, who drove North on Highway 8 in DeQueen, Arkansas and stopped at a location in DeQueen that was identified as an auto mechanic shop belonging to Frausto-Sanchez. Mora-Macedo was observed traveling a short distance ahead of the target vehicle, en route to DeQueen.
Also according to the affidavit, filed with the complaint, a federal search warrant was executed on the mechanic shop where the vehicle was located. Agents recovered approximately 13 kilograms of methamphetamine from the Toyota Avalon and a large amount of money was found on Frausto-Sanchez. On March 16, 2012, agents executed a federal search warrant on Mora-Macedo’s residence resulting in the discovery of two firearms, ammunition, approximately 172 grams of cocaine and several thousands of dollars in cash.
This case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, South Central Arkansas Drug Task Force, the DeQueen, Arkansas Police Department, the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division and Arkansas State Police Aircraft Operations. Assistant United States Attorney Kyle Waters is prosecuting this case for the United States.
A federal complaint is a written statement of the essential facts of the offenses charged, and must be made under oath before a magistrate judge. A defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
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