2 men accused of smuggling kilo of cocaine arraigned in county court

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 July 2016 at 3:26 pm

ALBION – Two men accused of trying to smuggle cocaine from Texas were arraigned in Orleans County Court on Monday.

Daniel Guzman, 29, of Texas and Luis Alberto Sanchez-Garza, 31, of Mexico each are in jail on $500,000 bail. They were arrested on June 17 in the biggest cocaine seizure in Orleans County history.

Police seized 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of cocaine that was hidden in the engine compartment of a vehicle that was stopped on East Avenue in Albion. The arrests were made following an investigation into the sale and distribution of cocaine from Texas to Orleans County.

Both men face Class A-1 felony charges for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree. The drug seized has a street value of about $150,000.

Guzman faces additional charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second degree and criminal impersonation in the second degree for allegedly presenting a false Green Card to law enforcement, District Attorney Joe Cardone told Judge James Punch.

Guzman has “repeated out-of-state convictions,” Punch said. Guzman, a resident of Houston, also is wanted on a warrant from Texas.

The two men have assigned counsel due to their indigent status. They are to next appear in court on Aug. 8.