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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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JULY 6, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


NEW JERSEY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO POSSESSION

OF HEROIN WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an Elizabeth, N.J., man pleaded guilty today to possession with intent to distribute at least 1 kilogram of heroin. 


             Carlos E. Giraldo-Hurtado, 46, a resident of Columbia, South America, living in the United States legally, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr this morning to charges contained in an April 12, 2007, federal indictment.


             By pleading guilty today, Giraldo-Hurtado admitted that on or about March 29, 2007, he drove from Elizabeth, N.J., to Dallas where he received a quantity of heroin. Giraldo-Hurtado was traveling east on I-44 in Jasper County, Missouri, en route back to New Jersey, when he was arrested. Giraldo-Hurtado intended to distribute the heroin, which weighed a total of 4.8 kilograms, to another person once he arrived in New Jersey.


            Under federal statutes, Giraldo-Hurtado could be subject to a sentence of not less than 10 years and up to life in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $4 million. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David P. Rush. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


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