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Federal jury convicts drug courier for attempting to transport meth to Waco

Posted at 5:03 PM, Jan 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-24 18:03:10-05

WACO, TX — A federal jury convicted a California drug courier for attempting to transport 21 pounds of meth to Waco.

27–year-old Francisco Resendez Martinez of Gonzales, CA, was attempting to deliver approximately 21 pounds of methamphetamine from California to Waco, announced U.S. Attorney John F. Bash and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Special Agent in Charge Steven S. Whipple, Houston Field Division.

Jurors convicted Martinez of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Evidence presented during trial revealed that for more than a year and a half, DEA agents were investigating a drug trafficking operation led by 38-year-old Waco resident Johnny Casillas.

On Feb. 26, 2018, California Highway Patrol deputies stopped a vehicle on I-40 in San Bernardino, CA, being driven by the defendant. Upon searching the vehicle, authorities discovered the methamphetamine contained in 23 packages inside a suitcase.

Following the verdict, Judge Albright remanded Martinez to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Martinez faces between ten years and life in federal prison.

Sentencing is scheduled for May in front of U.S. District Judge Alan D. Albright in Waco.

Jurors today acquitted Martinez’s co-defendant, 55-year-old Los Angeles area resident Patricia Ferrer, of the drug conspiracy charge.

Casillas and another co-defendant, 42-year-old Veronica Real of Hesperia, CA, are awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to the drug conspiracy charge.