Texas man held without bail in cocaine arrest; $500K bail for other man facing charges

Staff Reports Posted 20 June 2016 at 12:00 am

ALBION – Two men accused of trying to smuggle cocaine went before Orleans County Court Judge James Punch today to determine their bail.

Punch said one of the men arrested, Daniel Guzman, 29, of Texas, will be held without bail due to “repeated out-of-state convictions,” Punch said in court today. Guzman, a resident of Houston, also is wanted on a warrant from Texas.

Punch said there is question if Guzman provided the right identification to law enforcement.

He was arrested on Friday along with Luis Alberto Sanchez-Garza, 31, from Mexico. The judge set bail for Sanchez-Garza at $500,000.

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. The cocaine seizure was the largest in Orleans County history. The drug seized has a street value of about $150,000.