Weslaco Man Convicted in Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

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WESLACO – A Weslaco man is awaiting sentencing after being convicted for his part in mail-order drug trafficking conspiracy.

Juan Escudero, 36, was found guilty of distributing more than 500 grams of methamphetamine and cocaine through mail.

Federal prosecutors said Escudero brokered a deal on behalf of the Gulf Cartel to mail one kilogram of meth and one kilogram of cocaine from Texas to Tampa, Florida.

Escudero didn’t know he was actually sending the drugs to a confidential source for the DEA.

He told the source to pay for the drugs by depositing money into his wife’s bank account.

Escudero also sent a money courier to Florida to pick up $30,000 from the DEA source. The courier was arrested when he got to Florida.

He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and could up to life in prison.

Escudero’s sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 17. 

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