Five men indicted on drug charges

January 04, 2007|By Matthew Dolan | Matthew Dolan,Sun Reporter

A grand jury in Baltimore indicted five defendants yesterday after federal drug agents seized 23 kilograms of cocaine last month and arrested the men involved in the delivery to Howard County on conspiracy charges.

The defendants -- Alejandero Arango-Lopez, 38, Jesus Luis Sanchez-Cuevas, 30, Julio Grano, 29, of Reidsville, N.C.; Juan Gonzalez, 29, of Guadalajara, Mexico; and Christopher Devan Towns, 41, of Raleigh, N.C. -- remained in jail. No court dates have been set.

According to court documents, a state trooper in North Carolina stopped the tractor-trailer Arango-Lopez was driving Dec. 18 for speeding. The trooper found cocaine in the vehicle, authorities said.

Court documents show that Drug Enforcement Administration agents learned that Sanchez-Cuevas and Arango-Lopez were delivering the cocaine from California to the truck stop at Exit 35 off Interstate 95 in Howard County. Sanchez-Cuevas and Arango-Lopez were to deliver the cocaine to Grano and others and were to be paid $10,000 each for the delivery, documents said.

Federal agents intercepted the delivery and arrested the men. If convicted, the defendants could receive a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.

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