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Jan. 16, 2009

FORMER DPS TROOPER PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUG CHARGE

(BROWNSVILLE) – A former Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper has pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 26 kilogram quantities of cocaine, acting United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. Jesus Rafeal Larrazolo, 35, of Brownville, pleaded guilty on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2008, before United States District Judge Andrew Hanen. He faces no less than 10 years up to life imprisonment and up to a $4 million fine for the conviction.

At a hearing this afternoon, Larrazolo admitted that on Nov. 21, 2008, while employed as a Texas DPS Trooper, he possessed 26 kilograms of cocaine which he received in two suitcases from an individual in the parking lot of a business located on the 2700 block of Pablo Kisel Blvd., in Brownsville. Larrazolo knew the suitcases contained cocaine and intended to transfer the cocaine to another person. Larrazolo was arrested in the parking lot by agents of the FBI and officers of the Brownsville Police Department.

Larrazolo, who has been in federal custody without bond since his November 2008 arrest will remain in custody pending his sentencing set for April 20, 2009.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James McAlister.

 

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