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March 20, 2009

LAREDO MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR POSSESSION OF COCAINE

(LAREDO, Texas) – A Laredo man convicted by his plea of guilty for possessing with intent to distribute cocaine has been sentenced to prison, acting United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today.

David Menchaca, 30, of Laredo, was convicted in October 2008 after pleading guilty to possessing with intent to distribute three kilograms of cocaine. On Thursday, March 19, 2009, United States District Court Judge George P. Kazen sentenced Menchaca to eight years in federal prison based upon the amount of the cocaine he was held criminally responsible for possessing and his criminal history.

Menchaca was arrested on Aug. 7, 2008, in Laredo, by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents and Laredo Police Department (LPD) officers after a tip alerted authorities to Menchaca’s suspected narcotics trafficking at or near a house located on the 1000 block of Chiuahua Street. ICE agents and LPD officers saw Menchaca leaving the house in a blue Grand Marquis. A short while later, agents and officers approached the house and obtained consent to search from a resident of the house. During the search, agents found approximately 2.5 kilograms of cocaine along with more than $5,000 in U.S. currency. During the search, agents saw Menchaca drive slowly by the house where he was also living. LPD officers then attempted to stop Menchaca with a marked LPD unit. Menhcaca ignored the signal to stop and an LPD officer pursued him for several minutes.  Menchaca then stopped his vehicle, exited and ran. LPD officers chased, caught and arrested Menchaca hiding under a mobile home in the vicinity of Bear Claw Street. Inside the Grand Marquis Menchaca was driving, officers also found and seized an additional .51 kilograms of cocaine plus $1,956 in U.S. currency. Under rights advisement, Menchaca admitted to agents that the cocaine in the vehicle and the house was his.

Menchaca has been in federal custody without bond since his arrest and will remain in custody to serve his prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.  

The case was investigated by special agents of ICE and the Laredo Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roberto F. Ramirez.

 

 

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