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Jan. 10, 2012

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Atlanta Truck Driver Convicted in Cocaine Conspiracy

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Bobby J. McCarty Jr. of Atlanta, Ga, has pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute 53 kilograms of cocaine, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. McCarty, 54, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Andrew S. Hanen to one count of a superseding criminal indictment issued by the federal grand jury on Dec. 6, 2011.

McCarty was stopped for speeding on June 24, 2011, by a trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). A search of his truck and trailer revealed 44 bundles in a compartment within the gas tank which were later determined to contain 53 kilograms of cocaine. According to court records and admitted to in court today, McCarty conspired with others to transport cocaine from Brownsville to Gary, Ind., and would use two of his own tractor-trailers to move the narcotics. He further admitted being paid to move loads on at least three occasions but travel records demonstrated McCarty had traveled from Atlanta to Brownsville on more than 20 occasions between December 2009 and his arrest in June 2011.

McCarty faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison in addition to a possible $10 million fine and up to five years of supervised release. McCarty will remain on bond pending his sentencing hearing which has been set for April 16, 2012. As part of his plea agreement, he has also agreed to the forfeiture of his home.

The case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations with the assistance of DPS. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys V. LaTawn Warsaw and Karen Betancourt.