BOSTON – A Mexican national pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston in connection with selling two kilograms of cocaine.
Ana Guadalupe Acosta Grajeda, 58, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. U.S. District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin scheduled sentencing for Jan. 14, 2022. Grajeda and her son, Carlos Acosta Estrella were indicted in October 2019.
According to court documents, Grajeda and Estrella were arrested after they were videotaped selling two kilograms of cocaine to a cooperating witness in East Boston. A search of Estrella and Grajeda’s apartment allegedly resulted in the seizure of one kilogram of heroin, numerous cellphones, a high-powered tactical shotgun with a laser sight and a box of ammunition for the shotgun.
The charge of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and up to 40 years in prison, at least four years of supervised release and a fine of $5 million. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell; Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division; and Boston Police Acting Commissioner Gregory Long made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Pohl of Mendell’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit is prosecuting the case.
The remaining defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.