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Foreign National Pleads Guilty to Controlled Substances and Immigration Offenses

October 18, 2012

Abel Camacho-Ortega, 42, a citizen of Mexico who most recently resided in Granite City, Illinois, pled guilty on October 18, 2012, to a three count indictment, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Camacho-Ortega pled guilty to Possession with the Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine (Count 1); Possession with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine (Count 2); and Illegal Entry into the United States Without Inspection (Count 3).

Counts 1 and 2 each carry a minimum of five years and a maximum of forty years imprisonment, a fine of up to $5,000,000, a minimum of four years supervised release, and a special assessment of $100, upon conviction. Count 3,carries a maximum penalty of six months imprisonment, a fine of $5000, and a $10 special assessment. Camacho-Ortega is currently scheduled to be sentenced at 9:00 on February 11, 2013.

According to the Stipulation of Facts filed with the Court at the time of his plea of guilty, Camacho-Ortega was stopped by the Granite City Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)on August 20, 2012, after his vehicle was observed traveling 70 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour construction zone. After a consensual search of the vehicle, officers located packages containing 598 grams of cocaine and 449.7 grams of actual methamphetamine.

Evidence in support of the indictment was obtained in an investigation which was conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The OCDETF initiative is designed to bring federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and resources together to identify, target and dismantle large national and international drug trafficking organizations. Participating agencies include the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI), the Granite City Police Department, and the Fairview Heights Police Department. This case has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Randy G. Massey for prosecution.










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