Illegal Alien Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine
SEPT 18 -- LOUISVILLE, KY - Gary Hernandez-Garcia, 8219 Minors Lane, #179, Louisville, Kentucky, pled guilty to charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of cocaine, U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky announced today.
Hernandez-Garcia pled guilty and admitted that between January 31, 2008, and March 13, 2008, he and Wilfredo Aguirre-Lara conspired to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. Hernandez-Garcia also pled guilty to three counts of aiding and abetting, possessing with intent to distribute, and distributing a quantity of cocaine with a street value of approximately $18,000.
Facts elicited at the plea hearing revealed that between January 31, 2008 and March 13, 2008, both Gary Hernandez-Garcia and Wilfredo Aguirre-Lara, conspired to possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine.
On March 13, 2008, both Hernandez-Garcia and Aguirre-Lara were arrested by agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), after approximately ½ kilogram of cocaine was seized from two separate locations which had been controlled by the two men. A records check revealed that both were illegally present in the United States and subject to deportation. Hernandez-Garcia is a citizen of Guatemala and Aguirre-Lara is a citizen of Mexico. Both are subject to deportation.
In the event of a conviction, the maximum potential penalties are 120 years imprisonment, an $8,000,000 fine, and supervised release for a period of 4 years.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel P. Kinnicutt, and it was investigated by the DEA and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Hernandez-Garcia is scheduled to be sentenced before the United States District Judge on December 12, 2008 at 9:30 a.m. in Louisville, Kentucky. Aguirre-Lara is scheduled to be sentenced on October 3, 2008 at 2:30 pm.