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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Tennessee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Esteban Delgado Camacho Sentenced To 120 Months In Prison For Cocaine Conspiracy And Firearm Charges

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – On Nov. 24, 2014, Esteban Delgado Camacho, 48, of Weaverville, N.C., was sentenced by the Honorable R. Leon Jordan, U.S. District Court Judge, to serve 120 months in prison for his role as a source of supply in a cocaine conspiracy centered in and around the Johnson City, Tenn., area and for possessing firearms in furtherance of his cocaine trafficking.

According to the plea agreement on file with the U.S. District Court, Camacho admitted that he conspired to distribute between 3.5 to 5 kilograms of cocaine in the Eastern District of Tennessee and elsewhere. He also admitted that he supplied co-defendant Victor Verdin with cocaine. In February 2014, law enforcement officers arrested Camacho and Verdin as they were conducting a drug deal involving a quarter kilogram of cocaine at a residence maintained by Verdin in Johnson City. Verdin, 49, of Johnson City, Tenn., previously pleaded guilty in this case and is currently scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 10, 2015.

A subsequent search warrant at Camacho’s residence in North Carolina resulted in the seizure of approximately a quarter kilogram of cocaine, approximately an ounce of crack cocaine, multiple firearms, digital scales and over $41,000 in U.S. currency.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the investigation which led to the indictment and subsequent conviction of Camacho included the Drug Enforcement Administration (in Tennessee and North Carolina), Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Johnson City Police Department, First District Drug Task Force, Department of Homeland Security Investigations, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Wayne Taylor represented the United States.

U.S. Attorney William C. Killian stated, “Defendants, such as this one, should receive the strongest sentences in the federal court for their armed illegal drug activity.”

Updated March 18, 2015