2 plead guilty in large cocaine bust

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 January 2017 at 4:52 pm

ALBION – Two men charged in Orleans County’s largest cocaine bust pled guilty today in Orleans County Court and could face up to 7 years in state prison.

Daniel Guzman

The two men were arrested on June 17 when they were allegedly trying to smuggle a kilo of cocaine from Texas into Orleans County.

Daniel Guzman, 29, of Houston, Texas and Luis Alberto Sanchez-Garza, 31, of Mexico each are in jail on $500,000 bail.

Luis Alberto Sanchez-Garza

They pled guilty to criminal possession of controlled substance in the second degree.

Guzman has at least one prior felony while Sanchez-Garza doesn’t have a prior felony but is an illegal alien who would likely be deported after serving his sentence, District Attorney Joe Cardone said this afternoon.

Law enforcement searched a vehicle on June 17 after getting a warrant. Police heard from an informant that Guzman and Sanchez-Graza were allegedly bringing the cocaine to Orleans County.

Police, including the Albion K9, searched the vehicle that was stopped on East Avenue in Albion and found 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of cocaine hidden in the engine compartment.

Cardone praised law enforcement for intercepting the cocaine, which was targeted for sale in Orleans County. Getting the drug off the street spared the community some misery from the drug, Cardone said.

The two will be sentenced in April.

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