Odessan Pleads Guilty in Multistate Drug Ring 11/21/12
November 21, 2012
MIDLAND - A long-haul trucker from West Texas has pleaded guilty
in a 2011 multistate drug-hauling ring.
Federal prosecutors in Midland say 37-year-old Rigoberto Marquez of Odessa
pleaded guilty yesterday afternoon to conspiracy to distribute cocaine. No
sentencing date was immediately set for Marquez, who faces up to 10 years in
Marquez in mid-2011 tried to recruit another Texas driver to transport
cocaine from Arizona to Ohio, then return money from the sales to Arizona.
Prosecutors say the other trucker became an FBI informant in the drug ring
with ties to Mexico.
Prosecutors say on Nov. 18, 2011, Kentucky State Police near Elizabethtown
confiscated about $307,000 in drug money hidden in the truck Marquez was driving
from Columbus, Ohio.
The cash has been forfeited.