El Paso recycler accused of drug trafficking

Mar 02, 2012 | 04:38 PM | Lisa Gordon

Tags  scrapyard, Willie Gandara, Gandara’s Recycling, Socorro Iron & Metal, drug traficking, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — An El Paso scrapyard owner who was running for a seat in the Texas legislature has been indicted on federal drug trafficking and money laundering charges.

A federal grand jury has charged Willie Gandara Jr., 37, with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 50 kilograms of marijuana and one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

Gandara, an owner of Socorro Iron & Metal Inc. and Gandara’s Recycling, also has been charged with three counts of maintaining property for the distribution of marijuana. According to the unsealed indictment filed in federal U.S. District Court in Texas, Gandara maintained a recycling facility to distribute drugs. He allegedly was seen on video offloading drugs at one of his scrapyards in September 2011.....

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