March sentencing set for Youngstown man who received 7-pound cocaine shipment
Sentencing is scheduled in March for a Youngstown man who was arrested after a postal inspector said there is evidence that the suspect handled a package that once contained nearly seven pounds of cocaine.
Luis Parrilla, 43, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Wednesday to one count of attempted possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
Parrilla was arrested in April following an investigation by a U.S. postal inspector who says he found 6.8 pounds of cocaine in a package sent to a Youngstown address from Puerto Rico.
According to an affidavit, after replacing the contents of the package with rock salt and a GPS tracker, an undercover agent delivered the parcel to a home on the 400 block of King Street in Youngstown
Agents say someone driving a pickup truck retrieved the package and took it to an address on Pearl Street in the city.
That’s when agents say the GPS showed that the package was transferred to a black Acura being driven by Parrilla who then ran into a nearby wooded area, only to return to the home on Pearl Street.
Agents say they found the GPS tracker and the rock salt in the woods and arrested Parrilla at the home.
The affidavit says Parrilla denied knowing anything about the package. However, under black light, Parrilla’s hands were shown to be covered with an otherwise invisible substance that agents had sprayed on the package prior to delivery.
A plea agreement between prosecutors and Parrilla remained sealed by the court as of Thursday.
Parrilla is scheduled for sentencing on March 9.