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Saginaw Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Attempting To Purchase Kilograms Of Cocaine From Under Cover Federal Agent

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Michigan

BAY CITY — Daniel Marin, 47, of Saginaw was sentenced last week to 11 years and 8 months in federal prison for his role in attempting to purchase 17 kilograms of cocaine from an undercover federal agent, U.S. Attorney Dawn N. Ison announced. 

Ison was joined in the announcement by Angie Salazar, Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas L. Ludington imposed sentence on Marin following his guilty plea to attempting to possess with the intent to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine. 

According to court documents, during the summer of 2020, Marin and two other men planned to obtain a large quantity of cocaine for distribution throughout the Saginaw-Bay area.  In furtherance of the plan, Marin contacted a person whom he thought was a narcotics broker in Mexico.  In reality, however, the “narcotics broker” was an undercover HSI special agent.  Marin subsequently negotiated the purchase of 17 kilograms of cocaine from the undercover agent for $34,000 per kilogram.  On September 3, 2020, Marin and his two co-defendants traveled to a hotel in Flint to purchase the 17 kilograms of cocaine.  Marin met with the undercover agent and verified the presence of the cocaine while his two co-defendants waited in the parking lot with the money.  After verifying that the undercover agent had the cocaine, Marin went to the parking lot to retrieve the money from his co-defendants.  HSI agents arrested the three men and seized over $500,000 in cash from them. 

“Our office, along with our state and federal law enforcement partners, will continue to hold those individuals to account who seek to import illegal drugs into our country and communities,” said U.S Attorney Ison.

“Drug traffickers who poison our communities should expect to face justice here in Michigan,” said HSI Detroit Special Agent in Charge Angie M. Salazar. “Our agents and partners will continue to identify, disrupt and dismantle these drug trafficking organizations wherever we find them."

This investigation was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with assistance from the FBI, Detroit Police Department, and Michigan State Police.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Timothy Turkelson and Katharine Hemann.

Updated September 19, 2023

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