New Albany, N.Y., The federal government sentenced Cornelio Moran-Miranda, 39, of New Albany, Indiana, to ten years in prison after he pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with the purpose of distributing it, as well as possession of a handgun with a destroyed serial number.
Court records state that on June 1, 2021, New Albany Police Department detectives carried out a search warrant at the defendant’s home. Officers discovered digital scales, 7.75 pounds of cocaine, 2.75 pounds of methamphetamine, 1.41 ounces of heroin, and $20,142 in US money while searching the defendant’s bedroom. Officers discovered two rifles, a gun that resembled a UZI, a money counter, and other items while searching an unattached garage next to the house. Officers discovered a Ruger pistol with a destroyed serial number while searching the defendant’s truck. The suspect was then taken into custody.
The statement was made by Herbert J. Stapleton, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Indianapolis, and Zachary A. Myers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana.
The case was looked into by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New Albany Police Department. The Floyd County Prosecutor’s Office also contributed significantly. After the defendant entered a guilty plea, U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt handed down the punishment. Judge Pratt mandated that the defendant undergo five years of U.S. Probation Office supervision when he was released from prison as part of the punishment.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristian R. Mukoski, who handled the case’s prosecution, was commended by U.S. Attorney Myers.
The Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation includes this prosecution. The highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that pose a threat to the United States are identified, disrupted, and destroyed by the OCDETF using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency strategy that makes use of the resources of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to combat criminal networks.