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Mexican National Sentenced to 64 Months in Prison for Possessing Heroin with Intent to Distribute

JUL 24 (SHREVEPORT, La.) –Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Assistant Special Agent in Charge Joseph Shepherd and United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that a Mexican national was sentenced to 64 months in prison for possessing heroin with intent to distribute.

Uriel Coria-Coria, 22, of Mexico, was sentenced on one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin. According to evidence presented at the March 25, 2015 guilty plea, Coria was riding with co-defendants Jose Segovia-Ayala, 40, of El Salvador, and Israel Gabriel-Miranda, 45, of Guatemala, July 1, 2014 on I-20 in Bossier Parish. A Louisiana State Trooper conducted a traffic stop, and they were questioned. Upon further investigation, the vehicle was searched and three bags of heroin were discovered in the rear quarter panels accessed inside of the vehicle.

Segovia-Ayala was sentenced on June 25, 2015 to 64 months in prison on one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin. Gabriel-Miranda was sentenced on March 11, 2015 to six months in prison on one count of being an alien having reentered the United States after being removed.

Homeland Security Investigations, DEA and Louisiana State Police investigated the case.

Parents and children are encouraged to educate themselves about the dangers of drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.JustThinkTwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.

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