Former Edcouch municipal judge sentenced to 5 years in prison for drug trafficking

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Former Edcouch Municipal Judge Daniel A. Guzman II pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. (CBS 4 News graphic / screenshots via Facebook)

A federal judge sentenced former Edcouch Municipal Judge Daniel Guzman II to five years in prison Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler sentenced Guzman — the son of Edcouch Alderman Danny Guzman — Wednesday during a hearing in Alabama.

Federal agents arrested Guzman in February, when they caught him transporting cocaine from the Rio Grande Valley to Montgomery, according to the criminal complaint. He struck a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty.

The judge sentenced Guzman to five years, the mandatory minimum, said his attorney, Richard K. Keith. Guzman apologized to the judge and his parents, who attended the sentencing.

“The judge, Coogler, didn’t spend much more than five minutes getting him sentenced,” Keith said. “It was rather uneventful.”

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrested Guzman during an operation that targeted Martin Camarillo Jr., according to the criminal complaint. Agents assigned to the Valley told counterparts in Alabama that Camarillo transported cocaine and methamphetamine for a drug trafficking organization.

Armed with intelligence provided by an informant, agents conducted a sting operation in mid-February.

Camarillo offered to sell an undercover agent cocaine for $32,500 per kilogram, according to the criminal complaint. Camarillo, though, apparently started to suspect the undercover agent was a “cop.”

The undercover agent arranged a meeting to discuss the cocaine deal, but Camarillo didn’t show up.

After the sting operation flopped, agents worked with Montgomery police to conduct traffic stop on Camarillo’s car. They found Guzman riding in the passenger seat — and a bundle of cocaine they tossed out the window.

Guzman pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, which is punishable by 5 to 40 years in federal prison. Camarillo also pleaded guilty.

The judge recommended Guzman serve the five-year sentence at a prison close to family in Texas.

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