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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Mexican National Pleads Guilty to Possessing Cocaine

MONROE, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Mexican national pleaded guilty Monday to possessing cocaine with intent to distribute.
Gerson D. Guevara-Miranda, 34, of Mexico, entered a conditional guilty plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen L. Hayes on one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. The plea will become final when accepted by U.S. District Judge Robert G. James. According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, Louisiana State Police conducted a traffic stop on Guevara-Miranda’s vehicle on May 23, 2014. After a search of the vehicle, more than one kilogram of powdered cocaine and 23 kilograms of marijuana were found.

Guevara-Miranda faces 20 years in prison, three or more years supervised release, and a $1 million fine. A sentencing date of May 4, 2015 was set.

The DEA, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations, and the Louisiana State Police conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth D. Reeg is prosecuting the case

Updated February 9, 2015