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Judge: Randy Crane
Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Hidalgo County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in McAllen
Description: McAllen, Texas criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with possession with intent to distribute meth.
On Nov. 13, 2022, Faustino Perez Luna was driving a tractor trailer loaded with cocaine. The drugs were the priority load of a known drug trafficking organization.
Luna approached the Falfurrias checkpoint and claimed to be headed to Atlanta to drop a load of produce. However, a K-9 soon alerted to the presence of narcotics within the vehicle. Authorities referred him to secondary inspection where they discovered the cocaine concealed between produce boxes on the tractor trailer.
The drugs weighed approximately 88.5 kilograms with an estimated street value of $1.5 million.
From March 2022 to Nov. 13, 2022, law enforcement arrested several others in connection with this drug trafficking organization. It operated in the lower Rio Grande Valley transporting either narcotics, guns or money.
The investigation led to the discovery of the priority load – the 88.5 kilograms Luna had transported. It was intended for Atlanta, Georgia.
Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation with the assistance of Border Patrol. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric D. Flores is prosecuting the case.
Outcome: Defendant pled guilty.