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Butler County Jury convicted Fortino Alvarez-Luna of Trafficking in Marijuana
March 12, 2008

Press Release For Immediate Release March 11, 2008

(Hamilton, Ohio) After deliberating for just over an hour, a Butler County Jury today convicted Fortino Alvarez-Luna of Trafficking in Marijuana, a second-degree felony.

The case began with an investigation by the Texas State Police into a large drug smuggling operation. During the course of that investigation, police uncovered the involvement of Alvarez-Luna, a 50-year-old Mexican citizen living in West Chester Township. After being contacted by the authorities in Texas, the West Chester Township Police Department executed a search warrant Alvarez-Luna's home on December 13, 2007. That search yielded nearly 30 pounds of bulk marijuana, which was in the process of being broken down into individual one-half pound packages for resale. Also present in the home at the time was a 10-month-old infant.

Prosecutor Piper stated, “It was a lot of marijuana, which is why it is a second degree felony, with a maximum sentence of eight years. We are grateful the Texas State Police shared information from their investigation which led to this arrest and prosecution. A lot of drugs come across the Arizona and Texas borders and this conviction will help to slow down the pipeline to Ohio.”

Alvarez-Luna will be sentenced on April 10, 2008, at 10:00 am before the Honorable Judge Keith Spaeth.

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