CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A California man has pleaded guilty to federal drug conspiracy and money laundering charges in a scheme that moved cocaine from South Texas to North Carolina.
The U.S. attorney's office says 38-year-old Juan Carlos Alcala entered his plea Friday in Corpus Christi. The investigation began in 2009 after a large cocaine seizure at a Border Patrol checkpoint in South Texas. The drug network included points in Brownsville, Dallas, Atlanta, North Carolina, California and Mexico. Alcala allegedly oversaw the Texas to Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina route.
Authorities arrested Alcala, who was based in Costa Mesa and Santa Ana, Calif., in December when he crossed the border into Southern California. He faces up to life in prison on the drug charge. Sentencing was scheduled for May 24.