Sept. 24, 2009
LAREDO MAN FOUND GUILTY OF TRANSPORTING MARIJUANA
(LAREDO, Texas) – Daniel Pachuca, 53, of Laredo, Texas, has been found guilty of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. Following less than a day of deliberation and one day of trial, the jury returned its verdict on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009.
During trial, the jury heard testimony from a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) forensic chemist and agents with the Border Patrol (BP) and the DEA.
Pachuca was arrested on June 25, 2009, at the IH-35 U.S. Border Patrol Immigration Checkpoint after two suitcases aboard a north-bound Transportes Chayo passenger bus containing marijuana were traced back to Pachuga.
During an immigration inspection, a service K-9 alerted to two suitcases located in the luggage compartment of the bus. After none of the passengers claimed ownership of the suitcases, BP agents discovered four brown tape-wrapped bundles of marijuana weighing a total of 24.87 kilograms inside the two suitcases.
BP agents learned the two suitcases had been checked in by Pachuca in Laredo and that Pachuca was the only passenger who boarded there. Pachuca identified a backpack that was his and located in the passenger compartment. Agents found two baggage claim ticket stubs matching in number to the baggage tags attached to the two suitcases in the backpack. After his arrest, Pachuga denied knowledge of the marijuana.
Pachuga faces a maximum punishment of up to five years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000 and at least a two-year-term of supervised release at sentencing later this year.
The case was investigated by the BP and DEA and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roberto F. Ramirez.
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