EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – Man nicknamed “Cocaine Pepe” faces life in prison after pleading guilty to possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute in South Texas .
Jose Francisco Arredondo, 32, pleaded guilty Thursday to possession with intent to divide the charge, federal prosecutors said. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos accepted the plea and set the sentence for November 17, according to court documents.
Arredondo faces life imprisonment and a fine of up to $ 10 million. He will remain in detention until his hearing later this year.
The charge was linked to Arredondo’s arrest on April 9, where he was found in possession of 112 grams of methamphetamine and two individual bags of what was suspected to be cocaine.
Alice Town Police arrested Arredondo outside a South Texas city hotel, sitting in a gray jeep with its lights on. Officers approached the 32-year-old man and noticed that he had a gun resting on the vehicle’s center console.
Alice Town Police said they recognized Arredondo because of his background as a known gang member and convicted.
“They eventually discovered $ 10,000 along with four bags of narcotics, one with 112 grams of methamphetamine, two containing a total of 56 grams of cocaine and another with 13 grams of marijuana,” a Justice Department statement said. .
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