Juneau man plans to plead guilty to federal drug charges

    Portland, Oregon (KINY) A Juneau man, Carlos Zavala-Flores, plans to plead guilty later this year to federal charges he conspired to smuggle in and distribute 22 pounds of marijuana and nearly seven pounds of cocaine from Oregon to Southeast Alaska, court records show.

    His attorney, Larry Roloff filed a brief in U.S District Court in Juneau that indicated his client plans to change his plea from not guilty to guilty and waive his rights to appeal any judgment in the case.  In addition he will not contest a criminal forfeiture of a vehicle used in the alleged scheme.

    The arrest report stated Mr. Zavala-Flores and another man flew from Alaska to the lower 48 on April 19.  Oregon State Police claim a  1999 Chevrolet Tahoe was placed on a barge headed to Alaska on April 26 that contained the large amount of drugs and $6,750 in suspected drug cash. 

    Under terms of the plea Mr. Zavala-Flores could face up to 40 years in prison, a fine of up to $5 million, and a life term of supervised release.  He is scheduled to appear in court on November 13 for a status conference and a trial date was tentatively set for December 4 in Juneau.

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