Weslaco Man Sentenced in Drug Smuggling Case

BROWNSVILLE–A Weslaco man was sentenced to a long federal prison Monday for his involvement with a drug smuggling case that brought marijuana from Mexico into the United States.

Miguel Angel Mora-Gonzalez, 22, has been sentenced to more than 21 years in federal prison for his participation in an organization, federal prosecutors announced.

Mora-Gonzalez was convicted in February following his guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana.

 
At the sentencing hearing today, evidence was presented proving that in November of of 2010 Mora-Gonzalez was the leader of the conspiracy in which he and four others were arrested in possession of 694 kilograms of marijuana north of beach access number #6 on South Padre Island.
 
The sentence imposed today includes upward adjustments or increases in his calculated sentencing guideline range because he attempted to obstruct justice while in jail.
 
Evidence indicated he planned to lie to agents and sent messages to potential witnesses instructing them not to implicate him as the leader.
 
Mora-Gonzalez also received an increase in his sentence because the evidence at sentencing indicated he had been smuggling narcotics into the United States for more than two years.
 
As a consequence, the court found he was responsible for smuggling in excess of 3000 kilograms of marijuana.
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