Two men from Mexico illegally in US convicted of trafficking nearly half a ton of methamphetamine – WSB-TV Channel 2
ATLANTA – Two men have been sentenced after pleading guilty to drug charges they received after investigators found them in possession of more than 900 pounds of methamphetamine.
According to Acting U.S. Attorney Kurt R. Erskine, Homeland Security Investigations agents were monitoring a McDonough warehouse in June 2020 when they saw a semi-trailer arrive at the warehouse.
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The trailer was separated and the semi-tractor left. Investigators say the trailer arrived in the United States from Mexico in May 2020.
On June 3, officers saw three men, including Juan Carlos Torres-Carranza and Luis Pineda-Soto, come to the warehouse and work on the trailer for several hours.
When they left, the officers followed them until they broke up. Officers called for help from the Clayton County Police Department who conducted a traffic stop and found 114 pounds of methamphetamine.
Officers followed the other car to a house in Ellenwood and obtained federal search warrants to search the residence that afternoon. It was almost empty, except for 113 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a cupboard near the front door.
After obtaining a federal search warrant for the trailers, officers found 923 pounds of methamphetamine.
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Torres-Carranza, 28, and Pineda-Soto, 26, both from Michoacan, Mexico, were both illegally in the United States at the time of their crimes. They pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess a controlled substance with the intention of distributing it in March 2021.
They were both sentenced to five years and three months in prison followed by five years of supervised release.
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