Accused heroin trafficker indicted

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A federal grand jury in Texarkana indicted a man Thursday for allegedly possessing more than a kilogram of heroin with the intent to sell it.

Armando Moya, 46, is the only defendant named in a one-count indictment accusing him of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than a kilogram of a mixture or substance containing heroin in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas. The indictment alleges the misconduct began “on or about” March 1.

Moya’s indictment includes a notice of the government’s intent to seek criminal forfeiture of a Ravens Arms, model P-25 semi-automatic pistol and $198,184 in U.S. currency. The government’s notice includes it’s intent to seek a $70,000 judgment against Moya meant to represent the proceeds of his illegal business.

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Moya had an initial court appearance June 7 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline Craven, court records show. The government, represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen Hurst filed a motion seeking Moya’s detention while his case proceeds. The motion cites a concern the defendant may flee and a need to protect the public as cause for keeping Moya behind bars.

Moya’s defense attorney, Jeff Harrelson of Texarkana, waived the issue of detention and Moya is currently being held in the Bowie County jail. The case is scheduled for arraignment June 26 before Craven.

If convicted of possessing more than a kilogram of heroin with the intent to distribute, Moya faces 10 years to life in federal prison, a fine up to $10 million, or both.

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