CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 46-year-old Edinburg man has
learned his fate following his involvement in a conspiracy to possess with the
intent to distribute cocaine, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. Hugo
Morales pleaded guilty Aug. 3, 2017, admitting he conspired with others to
distribute 33 kilograms of cocaine.
Today, Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack handed
Morales a 70-month sentence to be immediately followed by five years of
On Feb. 11, 2017, authorities conducted a roadside
inspection of the tractor-trailer Morales was driving. At that time, more than
33 kilograms of cocaine was found hidden inside tarps strapped on his flatbed
As part of his plea, Morales also agreed to the forfeiture
of five vehicles including a Hummer H2, a Chevrolet Corvette, a Chevrolet
Camaro and a Harley Davidson Motorcycle as well as cash and jewelry.
Morales was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily
surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near
The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the
investigations with assistance of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert D. Thorpe Jr. is prosecuting the case.