Foreign National Sentenced to Prison on Cocaine Offense
Horacio Hernandez-Saenz, 46, a Mexican citizen most recently residing in El Paso, Texas, was sentenced to 70 months in prison on December 14, 2012, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Hernandez-Saenz pled guilty on September 6, 2012, to an Indictment charging him with Possession With the Intent to Distribute Five Kilograms or More of Cocaine. The Court also entered an Order of Removal, which requires Hernandez-Saenz be deported following his release from prison.
According to the Stipulation of Facts, Hernandez-Saenz was arrested by the Illinois State Police following a traffic stop on April 29, 2012. A consensual search of his vehicle resulted in approximately five kilograms of cocaine being located within a natural void in the dash area of the vehicle. The cocaine was being transported from Mexico to Indiana for distribution there when the vehicle was stopped by law enforcement.
Evidence in support of the Indictment was obtained in an investigation by the Illinois State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration. This case was assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Randy G. Massey for prosecution.