6 found guilty in drug trafficking ring

Greenville, SC - COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) - A federal petit jury in Spartanburg returned guilty verdicts Thursday evening against six men on drug charges, according to U.S. Attorney William Nettles.

Javier Turcio-Martinez, 29, Manuel Pacheco-Licona, 35, Luis Pacheco-Licona, 26, Victor Barahona, 35, Gerson Martinez, 26 and Raimundo Espinoza, 52, were found guilty of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute marijuana and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana.

In addition to the charges, the jury found Espinoza guilty of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Evidence presented at trial revealed in 2009, agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration in Greenville received information regarding a drug trafficking organization that was transporting thousands of pounds of marijuana from Mexico to Texas and Greenville.

Electronic surveillance, witness interviews and confidential sources led agents to identify the six men as members of the organization.

A search warrant executed at an address on Blackberry Valley Road in Greenville led to the discovery of 120 pounds of marijuana, three firearms and approximately $17,000 in cash. All six defendants were either arrested following the search warrant.

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