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Feds indict El Paso Catholic deacon for his role in drug trafficking operation

May 16, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Feds indict El Paso Catholic deacon for his role in drug trafficking operation

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Authorities in El Paso, Texas have accused a deacon at a Catholic Church of taking part in an illicit drug trafficking operation.

Federal agents arrested Luis Ulises Carrasco, a minister at the Corpus Christi Church, along with 21 other co-conspirators involved in a drug smuggling ring, according to KFOX

Law enforcement officials have alleged that members of the ring were transporting narcotics from El Paso to Phoenix stashed inside of horse trailers.

The Catholic Archdiocese of El Paso expressed their shock in a statement and reported that Carrasco served as a deacon at the church for just under two years.

Elizabeth O’Hara, a spokeswoman for the diocese, said in a statement: “The diocese cannot comment on the case involving Carrasco as it has no knowledge of the allegations outside of what has been reported.”

She added “During the investigation, Deacon Carrasco will be placed on administrative leave from his ministry. His faculties will be suspended.”

“We hope that people will give him the presumption of innocence, which is due to everyone according to our system of law, and allow the legal process to take its course,” said O’Hara.

The deacon made his first court appearance on Thursday afternoon, where he was denied bond and will remain in federal custody.

U.S. federal prosecutors have charged Carrasco with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute over 100 kilograms of marijuana.

If found guilty, Carrasco faces anywhere from five to 40 years of federal prison time.

He is scheduled to appear back in court on May 17th.

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