Texarkana, Arkansas | Onecimo Mora-Macedo and Jose Frausto-Sanchez were sentenced this week for drug trafficking offenses, announced Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas. Onecimo Mora-Macedo is 43 years old, and Jose Frausto-Sanchez is 48 years old, both of Dequeen.
Mora-Macedo was sentenced to 72 months imprisonment with three years of supervised release for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine. Frausto-Sanchez was sentenced to 36 months imprisonment with one year of supervised release for two counts of use of a communication facility to facilitate a felony drug offense, namely, Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine. The Honorable Susan O. Hickey presided over the sentencing in the United States District Court in Texarkana.
U.S. Attorney Eldridge commented, “With today’s sentence, these two defendants in this drug-trafficking operation have been brought to justice. The kids across the Western District of Arkansas deserve to live their lives free of the crime and violence that come with drug trafficking. Our office remains committed to prosecuting these crimes so that the residents of South Arkansas and the Western District of Arkansas are safe from this activity.”
“Methamphetamine is a cancer devastating countless communities that drug traffickers exploit without any regard for the violence and damage they leave in their wake,” said Special Agent in Charge of HSI New Orleans Raymond R. Parmer Jr. “The ongoing partnership between HSI, the Arkansas State Police, and local law enforcement officials to identify and bring these criminals to justice is one of our most important priorities.” Parmer oversees a five-state area of responsibility including Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.
According to court records, on March 13, 2012, a vehicle was seized as it attempted to enter the United States border from Mexico into Laredo, Texas. The car was found to have a hidden compartment containing what tested to be 10 kilos of cocaine and almost 2 kilos of methamphetamine. After the car was seized by law enforcement, an agent assumed the role of the driver. The agent was put in contact with a woman in Mexico who provided him with instructions to take the car to New Boston, Texas. She gave him the name “Onecimo” and a phone number as the contact person who would be taking possession of the car. On March 15, 2012, law enforcement brought the car to a store parking lot in New Boston as directed by the woman. Mora-Macedo called Frausto Sanchez knowing that the vehicle had controlled substances hidden in it and asked him to go to New Boston to pick up the vehicle and bring it back to Sanchez’s mechanic shop in DeQueen. A truck registered to Mora-Macedo pulled into the parking lot and Frausto Sanchez got out, and the truck which was driven by Mora-Macedo drove off. Sanchez made contact with the undercover agent, took possession of the car, and drove it back to DeQueen, Arkansas to his mechanic shop. A search warrant was obtained and executed at which time packages of what later tested to be methamphetamine and cocaine were found in a hidden department. Both Mora-Macedo and Frausto Sanchez pleaded guilty to the charges on March 14, 2014.
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, DeQueen Police Department, and Arkansas State Police. Assistant U. S. Attorney Candace Taylor prosecuted the cases for the United States.