BEDMINSTER TWP., Pa. – A Texas truck driver and a California lady have been discovered responsible on Tuesday of trafficking $5.6 million value of medicine by way of Bucks County, in keeping with a information launch from the District Lawyer’s Workplace.
Christian Ochoa, 29, of Laredo, Texas, and Edith Tomasa Rodriguez Cardenas, 28, of Huntington Park, California, have been each sentenced to state jail, the DA’s workplace mentioned. Ochoa was sentenced to 7.5 to fifteen years, and Rodriguez Cardenas was sentenced to eight to 16 years.
Ochoa and Rodriguez Cardenas have been arrested on Jan. 29, 2021, after a Bedminster Township patrol officer noticed Ochoa driving a Jeep Wrangler swerving in his lane. That sparked an investigation by the Bedminster Township Police Division and the Bucks County Detectives Drug Strike Drive, who seized fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine from the Jeep, in keeping with the DA’s workplace. That bust led to the search of a tractor trailer owned by Ochoa, which was parked at a truck cease in Lehigh County. Detectives discovered an extra eight kilograms of fentanyl and one kilogram of heroin inside.
In a stipulated waiver trial on Tuesday, Deputy District Lawyer Megan Ok. Stricker informed Widespread Pleas Decide Raymond F. McHugh that Ochoa and Rodriguez Cardenas trafficked the medication. Whereas Ochoa transported and delivered the medication, Rodriguez Cardenas facilitated the transport and trafficking of the medication and was the “cash dealer” within the group, Stricker mentioned.
McHugh discovered each responsible on all prices towards them and sentenced them to state jail.
Ochoa was convicted on two counts every of possession with intent to ship a managed substance and felony conspiracy and one depend every of dealing in proceeds of illegal actions, firearms to not be carried with out license and possession of a weapon.
Rodriguez Cardenas was convicted of two counts every of two counts of possession with intent to ship a managed substance and one depend every of corrupt organizations, felony conspiracy, possession of a small quantity of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Along with the 19 kilograms of medicine, the 2 searches led to the restoration of greater than $43,000 in money, a handgun, six cellphones, and extra medication, together with nearly $29,000 in Percocet drugs, the DA’s workplace mentioned.