- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Court records show a 24-year-old man held for trial in a case involving 19.5 pounds of crystal meth has decided to change his plea to guilty.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1mjECis ) Elieser Sandoval was scheduled for trial June 2 on multiple charges from his arrest in Gulfport on March 13.

A change of plea hearing is scheduled for June 12 in U.S. District Court in Gulfport.

Sandoval’s attorney filed notice of change of plea on May 12. Court papers don’t show which charge Sandoval has decided to accept.

A federal grand jury indicted Sandoval and his passenger in April on charges of conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute and interstate travel in aid of racketeering enterprises. The charges carry penalties of 10 years to life in prison.

U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. dismissed charges against Sandoval’s passenger May 9 on a prosecutor’s motion.

A Gulfport police officer reported finding the ice in Sandoval’s vehicle during a traffic stop on Interstate 10.

Court papers show the officer ran a background check that showed the car had crossed the Mexican border earlier that day and twice in the past two months.

The officer called in a Drug Enforcement Administration task force.


Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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