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THURSDAY - January 20, 2011

WILSON DRUG TRAFFICKERS PLEAD GUILTY

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court JOBANI GONZALEZ-TREJO, 23, and EDILBERTO ANGELES-GUZMAN, 27, of Wilson, North Carolina, entered guilty pleas to charges related to drug trafficking. GONZALEZ-TREJO and ANGELES-GUZMAN each pled guilty, on January 14, 2011, and January 19, 2011, respectively, to conspiring to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846; aiding and abetting the distribution of a quantity of cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1); and aiding and abetting the possession with the intent to distribute 500 grams of cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1).

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on September 17, 2009.

This case arose out of an investigation into drug trafficking activities taking place in and around Las Amacas restaurant in Wilson, North Carolina. The investigation revealed that since at least December, 2007, through October, 2008, GONZALEZ-TREJO and ANGELES-GUZMAN were engaged in a conspiracy to distribute over five kilograms of cocaine. The evidence showed that GONZALEZ-TREJO would set up deliveries of cocaine to other drug dealers and information about the deal would be forwarded to ANGELES-GUZMAN who would, in turn, distribute the cocaine. In some instances, GONZALEZ-TREJO would deliver the cocaine himself. All told, the amount of cocaine GONZALEZ-TREJO and ANGELES-GUZMAN were responsible for distributing was well in excess of five kilograms of cocaine.

Based on the charges to which they pled guilty, both GONZALEZ-TREJO and ANGELES-GUZMAN face a maximum penalty of life in prison. Sentencing is currently scheduled for April 18, 2011.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, the Nash County Sheriff’s Office, and the Wilson Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Rudy E. Renfer represented the government.

News releases are available on the U. S. Attorney’s web page at www.usdoj.gov/usao/nce within 48 hours of release.

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