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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Mississippi

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Louisiana Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Purchase Cocaine with Intent to Distribute

 

Gulfport, Miss. – Saul Guzman Ontiveros, age 42, of Terrytown, Louisiana, pled guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr. to attempting to purchase 5 kilograms of cocaine with intent to distribute, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge J. Derryle Smith.

In January and February of this year, a confidential source was approached by Guzman Ontiveros about purchasing cocaine from the source. Guzman Ontiveros agreed to purchase 5 kilograms of cocaine for $105,000. The government was able to seize $104,000 over the course of several days prior to the arrest of the defendant.

Guzman Ontiveros will be sentenced on September 27, 2018 by Judge Guirola, and faces a maximum penalty 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Meynardie.

Updated June 20, 2018