METH CREW USED US POSTAL SERVICE & GREYHOUND BUS TO DELIVER DRUGS, FEDS
May 29, 2012 | By Paula McMahon, Sun Sentinel
At first, they shipped or mailed the drugs to Broward County but when some of the merchandise seemed to go missing, they started sending it with a Greyhound Bus passenger, federal authorities said.
On Tuesday, one of three men charged with sending crystal methamphetamine deliveries from California to be sold in Fort Lauderdale admitted to his role in the crime.
Marco Ceja-Moreno, 31, pleaded guilty to a federal charge of distributing drugs.
Federal agents said they got a tip from an informant in October who told them that large amounts of the drug were being mailed to Fort Lauderdale. The informant's name wasn't revealed in court records but he arranged for meth to be sent from a man named Michael Vukcevic in California and Las Vegas, who was also charged.
After problems arose with the mailing, Ceja-Moreno arranged for another defendant, Justin Uhlmansick, to take a bus from California to Seattle, then on to Fort Lauderdale, to deliver the drugs. When agents arrested Uhlmansick in Fort Lauderdale in January, they said he had about 7 ounces of meth hidden inside a PlayStation gaming system in his backpack. Uhlmansick said Ceja-Moreno promised him $1,000 for delivering the drugs.
Ceja-Moreno faces 10 years to life in prison and a possible $10 million fine, though he has promised to try to help prosecutors, which could reduce his sentence.
"I want to pay for my wrongdoing and my conduct in this case," Ceja-Moreno told U.S. District Judge William Zloch.
Ceja-Moreno, who had no prior convictions, worked as a cook in a Long Beach, Calif., restaurant and said that his uncle in Mexico got him involved in the crime. His attorney, Joaquin Perez, said he thought the father of five was tempted by the opportunity to make some extra money.
Court records show that co-defendants Vukcevic and Uhlmansick have also reached plea agreements and are scheduled to change their pleas in the next two weeks. Ceja-Moreno is to be sentenced Aug. 7.
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