An Arizona man pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Nashville to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 50 kilograms of marijuana from July 2010 to December 2010.
Felix C. Ochoa, 37, was responsible for sending packages of marijuana for distribution to a co-conspirator’s workplace via FedEx, according to the affidavit. A FedEx representative told the Drug Enforcement Agency that 20 packages with the same label information shipped in the same manner had been shipped since July 2010, according to the affidavit.
He is one of four defendants involved in the conspiracy. Two have already been sentenced, and the other’s sentencing is scheduled in June.
Ochoa was arrested in January 2011 in Nashville. The investigation used a confidential informant and wiretaps to arrest the four suspects, according to the government affidavit.
The confidential informant who assisted the DEA originally came forward to the FBI with information because his family’s safety was allegedly threatened by Ochoa, the affidavit claimed.
Ochoa was also charged with two counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, but those charges are expected to be dismissed by the government at the sentencing because of the plea agreement.
Sentencing is scheduled for June 10.
Amanda Gambill is with the Seigenthaler News Service — MTSU. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.