El Paso Man, Daniel Leal Sentenced to Federal Prison for Cocaine Trafficking
(STL.News) A federal judge in El Paso sentenced 34-year-old Daniel Leal yesterday to 87 months of imprisonment for cocaine trafficking, announced U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff; FBI Special Agent in Charge Luis Quesada, El Paso Division; and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Kyle Williamson, El Paso Field Office.
In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge David C. Guaderrama ordered that Leal be placed on supervised release for a period of three years after completing his prison term.
On September 22, 2020, Leal pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. According to court records, on April 10, 2020, El Paso Police officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by David Lightbourn, 46, of El Paso. A canine unit alerted to an odor of narcotics. Officers subsequently discovered approximately eight kilograms of cocaine inside the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the cocaine was being delivered at Leal’s direction.
By pleading guilty, Leal accepted responsibility for the cocaine discovered by authorities on April 10, 2020. Furthermore, Leal accepted responsibility for nine kilograms of cocaine delivered from El Paso to Kansas City, Missouri on March 4, 2020 as well as $219,000 derived from the delivery of the cocaine.