Four Arrested in Chambers County on Federal Drug Charges
Montgomery, Alabama– Roberto Anguiano (24), Deedre D. Diaz (22), Mario Verduzco (20), and Angela P. Quach (26) all from Laredo, Texas, were arrested in Chambers County on July 7, 2016 for their roles in a drug operation that involved the possession of and conspiracy to distribute fourteen (14) kilograms of cocaine, announced George L. Beck, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama. These arrests are the result of an investigation that includes numerous agencies.
According to court documents, a member of the Chamber’s County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a 2014 Toyota Tundra for a traffic violation. Over the course of the traffic stop, consent to search the vehicle was obtained and approximately fourteen (14) kilograms of cocaine was discovered. According a statement from Anguiano after waiving his Miranda rights, he was transporting the cocaine to Atlanta, Georgia. He further stated he would be paid $1,100 for each kilogram of cocaine he delivered to Atlanta.
The cocaine that was seized has an approximate value of $420,000. A conviction for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride carries a potential sentence ranging from 10 years to life in prison.
On Monday, July 25, 2016, a preliminary hearing was held before Chief United States Magistrate Susan S. Walker. Following the presentation of evidence the four were ordered to be bound over to the grand jury for the presentation of an Indictment. They were also detained without bond pending trial.
A Criminal Complaint or Indictment is merely a method of charging a defendant and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant=s guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.
U.S. Attorney Beck would like to thank the following agencies for their involvement in this case: the United States Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HIS), the State of Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), the Chambers County Alabama Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), the Valley, Alabama Police Department (VPD), and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO). The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Curtis Ivy, Jr.