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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Nevada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Mexican Citizen Travelling In Las Vegas Sentenced To 10 Years For Possession Of Heroin

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A Mexican citizen who was stopped for a traffic violation and subsequently found with heroin concealed in his vehicle was sentenced today to 120 months in prison, announced United States Attorney Daniel G. Bogden of the District of Nevada.

 

“The defendant concealed the heroin in different locations in his vehicle including a bean bag chair. Along with the work of our law enforcement partners, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to preventing illegal drugs hitting our streets,” said U.S. Attorney Bogden.

 

According to court documents, in April 2015, Jesus Antonio Diaz-Flores, 37, was stopped for a traffic violation on I-15, near mile marker 60, by a Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper. Following Diaz-Flores’s consent to search the vehicle, a narcotics detector dog alerted the trooper who recovered five bundles containing a brownish-black tar-like substance hidden inside PVC pipe and a bean bag chair in the vehicle. The bundles were sent to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department lab where the contents tested positive for heroin and weighed 2494.90 grams or approximately 5.5 pounds. Diaz-Flores admitted that he knew he was transporting heroin and that the heroin would later be distributed to other individuals.

 

Diaz-Flores was charged on April 21, 2015, and he pleaded guilty on July 11, 2016.

 

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Nevada Highway Patrol; and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan Cushman.

 

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated February 1, 2017