Feds accuse New Boston man of trafficking fentanyl, heroin

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A New Boston, Texas, man has pleaded not guilty to a federal indictment alleging he conspired to traffic fentanyl and heroin from Mexico to the U.S.

Armando Moya, 47, was first indicted in June by a federal grand jury in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas for conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver heroin. Moya appeared in federal court Monday on a superseding indictment which amended the charges against Moya.

Count one of the superseding indictment accuses Moya of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of more than a kilogram of heroin and fentanyl from March to June 2018. Count two of the superseding indictment accuses Moya of carrying a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime on June 7.

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The superseding indictment includes notice of the government’s intent to seek Moya’s forfeiture of a Raven Arms model P-25 semi-automatic pistol. The government is also seeking Moya’s forfeiture of $198,184 in cash and a money judgment in the amount of $1,750,000.

Moya was released in July on a $10,000 unsecured appearance bond following a detention hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline Craven. Texarkana attorney Jeff Harrelson cited Moya’s long-standing and close ties to the New Boston community and his lack of criminal history a the hearing.

The government opposed Moya’s release, noting his ties to Mexico and relatives living out of the country.

Moya’s case is scheduled for a jury trial in January before U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder III in Texarkana.

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