2 plead guilty to federal drug charges, face $10M fine and prison sentence

2 plead guilty to federal drug charges, face $10M fine and prison sentence

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Two men convicted on federal drug trafficking charges face no less than 10 years in prison and a $10 million fine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Northern District of Texas Office Wednesday.

Manuel Reyes, 48, and Maximilliano Gonzales, 50, each pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana.

Both are scheduled to be sentenced in January.

According to court records, Reyes and Gonzales both assisted a large drug trafficking organization that moved thousands of kilograms of marijuana from El Paso to the Dumas, Texas, area.

Reyes helped track loads moving through the area and coordinated shipping to customers once the drugs arrived to what records referred to as a 'ranch' near Gruver.

Gonzales was a driver for the operation and moved the narcotics from the ranch to various customers using a work truck with a welder containing a false compartment.

Law enforcement searched the ranch in February 2016 and located a truck with a welding machine containing a false compartment that housed packaging material, digital scales, and other items associated with drug trafficking. The truck was registered in Gonzales's name.

Both men were paid for the services they provided.

The two men Gonzalez and Reyes worked for, Guadalupe and Adan Reyes, are awaiting sentencing on similar charges.

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