FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - October 6, 2009
DRUG TRAFFICKER PLEADS GUILTY
GREENVILLE - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday JOSE ESTRADA-GUILLEN, 27, of Mexico, pled guilty before United States Magistrate Judge David W. Daniel to conspiring to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on July 23, 2009, charging ESTRADA-GUILLEN with conspiring with others to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.
From December 3, 2008, until December 18, 2008, ESTRADA-GUILLEN engaged in a series of narcotics transactions which were monitored by local law enforcement. After his arrest on December 18, 2008, for the narcotics offenses, over 500 grams of cocaine, a .380 caliber handgun, and ammunition were recovered from ESTRADA-GUILLEN’s vehicle. An additional approximately 500 grams of cocaine as well as narcotics packaging and paraphernalia were recovered from a residence linked to ESTRADA-GUILLEN.
Mr. Holding commented, “We continue to strive to remove illegal drugs from our communities by prosecuting, federally, those that traffic in those drugs. But while arresting and prosecuting is a critical part of the battle, we must also continue to teach our young people the virtues of a drug-free life and to spread the word that this behavior will not be tolerated.”
Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division commented on the plea, "This guilty plea is a direct result achieved only through the dedicated efforts of local, state and federal law enforcement. The distribution of cocaine continues to ravage many communities. Our communities are now much safer because another cocaine dealer has been removed from the streets."
The maximum penalty for the charge is up to 40 years of imprisonment followed by up to five years of supervised release as well as a fine of up to $2,000,000.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the North Carolina Highway Patrol and the State Alcohol Law Enforcement Division. Assistant United States Attorney Rudy E. Renfer represented the government.
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