Greenville Federal Jury Finds Georgia Taxi Driver Guilty of Participating in Drug Conspiracy
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Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Nestor Guerra-Telon., age 27, of Norcross, Georgia, was found guilty yesterday by a federal jury in Greenville, South Carolina, of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute in excess of 500 grams of cocaine. Senior United States District Judge Henry M. Herlong, Jr., presided over the two-day trial.
The United States’ evidence at trial established that Guerra-Telon worked for a large scale cocaine supplier who operated in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Guerra-Telon, a Gwinnett County, Georgia, taxi driver, used his taxi to transport large amounts of cocaine for the supplier to a customer in Greenville, South Carolina. Guerra-Telon would conceal the cocaine in televisions, and he would remove the cocaine from the televisions when he met with the customer in Greenville. The customer then would pay Guerra-Telon in $5000-$7000 bundles of U.S. Currency, and Guerra-Telon would transport the payment in his taxi to the supplier in Atlanta, concealing the payment in the televisions.
The investigation culminated in six arrests on June 6, 2013. Using informants, electronic surveillance, and physical surveillance, federal agents and local law enforcement arrested five members of the conspiracy, including Guerra-Telon, the supplier from Atlanta, and the customer in Greenville. In addition, agents seized two firearms, ammunition, approximately $15,000 in U.S. Currency, over 2 ½ kilograms of cocaine, and 2 pounds of marijuana.
The case was investigated by agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Investigations, working in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, and the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Assistant United States Attorneys Lance Crick and Andy Moorman of the Greenville office handled the case.