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Jury Verdict Again Randolph County Resident

October 4, 2010

Jury Verdict Again Randolph County Resident “Johnny Two Braids” Guilty of Narcotics and Firearm Violations

Greensboro – John W. Stone, Jr., Acting United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina, announced today that JOSE JUAN ORGANES-ESPINO, age 41, of Seagrove, North Carolina has been found guilty of drug trafficking and illegal possession of ammunition.

A Superseding Indictment filed June 29, 2010 charged in Count One that ORGANES-ESPINO, also known as Johnny Organes, “Johnny Two-Braids” and “Paisa,” conspired with others to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine hydrochloride in Randolph County beginning in or about 2003. Count Two of the Superseding Indictment charged ORGANES-ESPINO with being an illegal alien in possession of ammunition, specifically nine rounds of .357 ammunition and 33 rounds of 9mm ammunition.

After a week-long trial, a jury returned a verdict of guilty as to both counts of the Superseding Indictment this morning. The evidence at trial showed that the conspiracy was responsible for distributing more than 100 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride between 2003 and 2009.

Sentencing is scheduled for January 20, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in Greensboro, North Carolina. The punishment for Count One of the Superseding Indictment is imprisonment for a term of not less than ten years and not more than life, a fine of up to $4,000,000, or both. The maximum punishment for Count Two of the Superseding Indictment is imprisonment for not more than ten years, a fine of up to $250,000, or both. The defendant will be subject to deportation at the conclusion of his sentence because of his immigration status.

The case was investigated by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation division, and the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office.

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