A Clinton man was convicted Tuesday of aiding and abetting his brother in the attempted possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, according to a Department of Justice release.
Johnny Espinoza, 32, met with an undercover officer and a confidential source in Beloit to arrange the purchase of 5 kilograms of cocaine, according to the evidence presented at the July 24, 2012 trial. At the meeting, Jose Espinoza, Johnny Espinoza’s brother, said he could come up with only $24,000 for 1 kilogram of cocaine.
After Jose Espinoza saw what he thought was 5 kilograms of cocaine, he left Beloit to get the money, according to the complaint. Jose Espinoza then met with his brother, Johnny Espinoza, and together they met the undercover officer and showed the $24,000 that Johnny Espinoza had brought to the meeting.
Jose Espinoza pleaded guilty on Oct. 17, 2012 to attempted possession with intent to distribute cocaine and was sentenced to 78 months in prison on Dec. 18, 2012.
Sentencing for Johnny Espinoza is scheduled for Nov. 26.