Two men from Mexico illegally in the U.S. sentenced for trafficking nearly half a ton of meth

ATLANTA — Two men have been sentenced after pleading guilty to drug charges they received after investigators found them in possession of more than 900 pounds of methamphetamine.

According to Acting U.S. Attorney Kurt R. Erskine, Homeland Security Investigations agents were doing surveillance on a McDonough warehouse in June 2020 when they saw a semi-tractor trailer arrive at the warehouse.

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The trailer was separated and the semi-tractor drove off. Investigators say the trailer came into the U.S. from Mexico in May 2020.

On June 3, agents saw three men, including Juan Carlos Torres-Carranza and Luis Pineda-Soto, come to the warehouse and work on the trailer for several hours.

When they left agents followed them until they split. Agents requested assistance from the Clayton County Police Department who conducted a traffic stop and found 114 pounds of meth.

Agents followed the other car to a home in Ellenwood and got federal search warrants to search the residence that afternoon. It was mostly empty except for 113 pounds of meth hidden in a closet near the front door.

After getting a federal search warrant for the trailers, agents found 923 pounds of meth.

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Torres-Carranza, 28, and Pineda-Soto, 26, both of Michoacan, Mexico, were both in the U.S. illegally at the time of their crimes. They pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with the intent to distribute in March 2021.

They were both sentenced to five years and three months in prison followed by five years of supervised release.