Granite City resident pleads guilty in meth, cocaine case

2012-10-19T15:30:00Z 2012-10-24T11:48:05Z Granite City resident pleads guilty in meth, cocaine case stltoday.com
October 19, 2012 3:30 pm

Abel Camacho-Ortega, 42, a Mexican citizen who recently lived in Granite City, pleaded guilty to charges related to methamphetamine and cocaine dealings.

Camacho-Ortega pleaded guilty to one count of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and a count of illegal entry into the United States, according to a press release.

The drug charges carry minimum sentences of five years each and maximum sentences of up to 40 years in prison. The charges carry fines up to $5 million. The illegal entry charge carries a penalty of six months in prison and $5,010 in fines. 

His sentencing is scheduled Feb. 11, 2013. 

Camacho-Ortega was stopped by the Granite City Police Department Aug. 20 after his car was observed going 25 miles over the speed limit in a construction zone. After he consented to a search of his vehicle, officers located packages containing 598 grams of cocaine and 449.7 grams of meth.

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