JURY CONVICTS GEORGIA WOMAN ON CHARGE OF POSSESSION
WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE 5 KILOGRAMS OR MORE OF COCAINE
BATON ROUGE, LA – United States Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux, Jr. announced that a federal jury convicted PATRICIA FAJARDO-GUEVARA, age 43, of Duluth, Georgia on a charge of possession with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine.
According to the evidence presented at trial, FAJARDO-GUEVARA was transporting 8 kilograms of cocaine from Houston, Texas and destined for Atlanta, Georgia. Records showed that FAJARDO-GUEVARA made the same 1,600 miles round trip between Atlanta and Houston six times in a one-month period. The initial investigation began when FAJARDO-GUEVARA was stopped for a traffic violation on Interstate 12 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. FAJARDO-GUEVARA was stopped by members of the joint federal and state High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (“HIDTA”) Task Force on the sixth return trip to Atlanta. During the traffic stop, a canine was deployed and alerted to the presence of narcotics. Officers located 8 kilograms of cocaine concealed in a sophisticated hidden compartment fabricated underneath the backseat of FAJARDO-GUEVARA’s vehicle.
FAJARDO-GUEVARA faces a sentence of a term of imprisonment of not less than ten years and not more than life, and a maximum fine of $10,000,000. The defendant will be sentenced following the completion of a presentence investigation.
U.S. Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux, Jr., stated, “This is an excellent example of how our local and federal law enforcement partners work together through HIDTA to deter narcotics traffickers from using our highways as a means to deliver drugs destined for other parts of our country.”
Chief U.S. District Court Judge Brian A. Jackson presided over the two day jury trial. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer M. Kleinpeter, who serves as Deputy Criminal Chief, and Assistant United States Attorney Cam Le prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Baton Rouge Police Department.
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