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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2007                                            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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CALIFORNIANS SENTENCED FOR FEDERAL DRUG VIOLATIONS
IN EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

(BEAUMONT TX)    United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 51-year-old California man and his 28-year-old son have been sentenced to federal prison for drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 
GODOLFREDO YERA GUZMAN, of Wilmington, California received 210 months in federal prison while his son, GODOLFREDO JUNIOR GUZMAN, of Bloomington, California was sentenced to 235 months in federal prison today by United States District Judge Thad Heartfield. 
According to information presented in court, on April 12, 2005, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department stopped a tractor trailer on Interstate 10, following a traffic violation.  During a search of the truck, they located and seized $1,786,827 in United States currency hidden beneath a load of corn.  Guzman denied knowledge of the currency was arrested and placed in the Jefferson County jail. Later that evening, he telephoned his father, Godolfredo Yera Guzman, in Los Angeles to report the seizure of the money. 
A coordinated investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration in Beaumont, Los Angeles, and El Paso, produced evidence indicating that both Godolfredo Yera Guzman and his son, Godolfredo Junior Guzman, through the use of their trucking company, were transporting large quantities of cocaine and drug proceeds for a major cocaine trafficking organization operating in Mexico and El Paso, Texas.  The DEA continued the investigation and on May 1, 2005, stopped another tractor trailer from Los Angeles and seized 250 kilograms of cocaine.
Both Godolfredo Yera Guzman and Godolfredo Junior Guzman pleaded guilty on March 13, 2007 to conspiracy to distribute more than 150 kilograms of cocaine.
This case was investigated by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.  Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Hobbs prosecuted the case.

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