Jury convicts man of distributing marijuana
By WRCB Staff
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Following a two day trial in U.S. District Court, Chattanooga, a jury convicted Victor Martinez-Arrellano, a/k/a "Angel Murillo," of Chattanooga, of one count of conspiracy to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana.
The jury acquitted Martinez- Arrellano on a count of attempted possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
The evidence presented at trial showed that the defendants met at a car wash on Shallowford Road on April 6, 2010, to accept 302 kilograms of marijuana from a source in Mexico.
The marijuana was seized by law enforcement in Brownsville, Tex., and brought to Chattanooga by agents in an attempt to identify the local marijuana distributors. The defendants had more than $27,000 in cash when arrested.
Martinez-Arrellano's sentencing is set for May, 26, 2011, at 2:00 p.m., in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga, Tenn. Martinez-Arrellano faces a sentence of at least five and up to 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $2 million.
Additionally, Martinez-Arrellano is in the country without permission and faces deportation after his prison sentence is satisfied.
Three other defendants, Toriq Johnson and Shawn Williams, of Chattanooga, and Rafael Mora-Perez, a/k/a "Lazaro Rosas," of Dalton, Georgia, have already pleaded guilty to the conspiracy count.