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Johnson City man sentenced to 10 years on cocaine, firearms charges

September 12th, 2012 10:58 pm by Matthew Lane

GREENEVILLE — A 56-year-old Johnson City man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on Tuesday for his role in multiple cocaine and firearms offenses.


Raul “Hector” Alfaro received the 120-month prison sentence in U.S. District Court in Greeneville on Tuesday.


According to prosecutors, Alfaro and his co-defendant, Benito “Crispy” Gonzalez, faced a 19-count indictment of distribution and possession of cocaine charges and illegal possession of firearms charges. Law enforcement seized a number of firearms from the two men, as well as $27,000 in cash.


Both men pleaded guilty in March to one drug charge and one firearms charge. Gonzalez, who is in the United States illegally, is scheduled to be sentenced in November. The charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.


Prosecutors say in October and November 2011, Alfaro sold cocaine to a person working on behalf of law enforcement and also offered to sell the person a variety of firearms, including an AK-47 assault rifle.


In order to show the weapons he had for sale, Alfaro took pictures of the AK-47, a. 380 pistol, a .357 Magnum, a 9mm pistol and a shotgun and texted them to this person. In November 2011, Alfaro met the individual again and sold him the .357 revolver.


Following a recorded drug transaction in November 2011, law enforcement agents searched Alfaro’s vehicle and found approximately 10 ounces of cocaine, digital scales, the 9mm pistol Alfaro had previously offered to sell, and a magazine with six rounds of ammunition. Authorities seized $2,133 in cash from Alfaro.


Search warrants were subsequently executed at the residences of Alfaro and Gonzalez, where agents located and seized $4,500 in cash, six firearms and close to 400 rounds of ammunition at Alfaro’s residence. Agents also located and seized over $20,400, a .25-caliber handgun, ammunition, approximately 45 grams of cocaine and digital scales at Gonzalez’s residence.


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