Federal Jury Convicts Juarez Drug Trafficker
SEP 17-- EL PASO – Joseph M. Arabit, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration–El Paso Division and United States Attorney John E. Murphy announced that in El Paso this afternoon, a federal jury convicted 46-year-old Javier Porras-Burciaga, a Mexican national living in El Paso, of trafficking more than 30 kilograms of cocaine with a street value estimated to be more than $2.4 million.
The jury convicted Burciaga of one count each of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. Jurors acquitted Burciaga of one count of possession with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. As a result, Burciaga faces between ten years and life in federal prison. Sentencing is scheduled for 9:00am on November 17, 2010 before United States District Judge Frank Montalvo.
Evidence presented at trial revealed that on November 20, 2009, Burciaga agreed to provide a house as a location for the delivery of over $400,000 as payment for approximately 20 kilograms of cocaine. Further evidence and testimony revealed that on February 4, 2010, Burciaga arranged for the distribution of approximately 12 kilograms of cocaine. Both cocaine loads were seized by law enforcement officials in El Paso.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department together with the United States Border Patrol and the El Paso Police Department.