Jury selection scheduled in Texarkana federal court Tuesday for accused heroin trafficker

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Jury selection is set to begin Tuesday morning in Texarkana for a New Boston man facing a possible life sentence for alleged trafficking of heroin, cocaine and fentanyl.

Armando Moya, 47, is accused of conspiracy to traffic large quantities of drugs between the U.S. and Mexico and of being in possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. Moya is facing 35 years to life in prison if convicted, according to a notice of punishment attached to the indictment.

Moya turned down an offer from the government for a plea bargain that included at least 26 years behind bars, forfeiture of about $200,000 in cash found in his New Boston, Texas, home and a money judgment of $4 million.

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Moya’s home was searched after the arrest of his brother in a south Texas county in June 2018. Moya’s brother allegedly told officials the drugs he was found in possession of were destined for delivery to Moya’s house in New Boston. From there, the drugs were supposed to be transported to major U.S. cities, according to court records.

Moya allegedly confessed to his part in the drug trafficking conspiracy the night his home was searched in June 2018. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Moya is represented by Texarkana attorney Jeff Harrelson. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jonathan Hornok, Alan Jackson and Ryan Locker are representing the government. U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder III is presiding over the trial.

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