Belgrade man, Luis Alberto Rocha admits trafficking cocaine
Postal Inspection Service intercepts more than six pounds of cocaine
MISSOULA (STL.News) A Belgrade man admitted trafficking cocaine after the U.S. Postal Inspection Service intercepted a package containing six and one-half pounds of cocaine that was mailed to his former address, Acting U.S. Attorney Leif Johnson said.
Luis Alberto Rocha, 38, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Rocha faces a minimum mandatory five years to 40 years in prison, a $5 million fine and four years of supervised release.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen L. DeSoto presided. Sentencing was set for June 10. Rocha was detained.
The prosecution said in court documents that in September 2019, the Missouri River Drug Task Force in Bozeman received information from a confidential source that Rocha was involved in distributing drugs.
In April 2020, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service noticed packages scheduled for delivery to Rocha’s residence in Belgrade and his former residence in Bozeman, which he rented to several employees of his construction company. The inspector learned that five packages had been sent to Rocha’s residence from California since July 2019, six packages had been sent from Texas, and three packages had been sent from Arizona.