Foreign National Charged with International Drug Trafficking

An indictment was unsealed in the District of Columbia today charging a foreign national with international fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana trafficking.

According to court documents, between January 2017 and April 2021, Juan Carlos Morgan Huerta, aka Cacayo, conspired to import large quantities of fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana from Mexico into the United States.

Morgan Huerta is charged with conspiracy to manufacture and distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl, one kilogram or more of heroin, 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, five kilograms or more of cocaine, and over 1,000 kilograms of marijuana for importation into the United States.

If convicted, Morgan Huerta faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and a statutory maximum penalty of life in prison.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicole M.

Argentieri of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Assistant Director Luis Quesada of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator Anne Milgram, and Executive Associate Director Katrina W.

Berger of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) made the announcement.

The Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) supported the case.

The FBI Tucson Field Office, OCDETF Strike Force, DEA Nogales Field Division, and HSI Tucson Field Office are investigating this case.

Trial Attorneys Kirk Handrich and Lernik Begian of the Criminal Division’s Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section are prosecuting the case.

The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs and Criminal Division’s Office of Enforcement Operations provided significant assistance.

An indictment is merely an allegation.

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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