GREENEVILLE –– Two Mexican citizens pleaded guilty to charges of selling cocaine and firearms Thursday in U.S. District Court, a Department of Justice news release said.
According to the release, Raul Alfaro, 56, Baileyton and Benito Gonzalez, 27, Johnson City, sold cocaine to a police informant during October and November. Alfaro who got the cocaine from Gonzalez, sold the drug to the informant, authorities say.
The informant was also offered various firearms from Alfaro, including an AK-47 assault rifle, the release said. Alfaro would send pictures of the weapons through text messages to the informant.
The release said in November, law enforcement agents ran an operation to catch Alfaro and Gonzalez in their vehicle before the informant was scheduled to show up. When the agents searched the car after the bust, they found about 10 ounces of cocaine, digital scales and a pistol.
According to the release, agents also searched both Alfaro and Gonzalez’s residence. At Alfaro’s residence, agents found six firearms and approximately 400 rounds of ammunition. The release said Gonzalez had more than $20,000 in U.S. money, a handgun, ammunition, around 45 grams of cocaine and digital scales at his residence in Johnson City.
The release said U.S. District Judge Leon Jordan will sentence Alfaro and Gonzalez on July 12.