A Mountain View man who received a package from Mexico containing 1.07 kilograms of black tar heroin is facing at least 10 years in prison after being found guilty Tuesday by a federal jury.
Mike Gama, 23, took part in a scheme to bring heroin into the United States from Mexico, according to federal prosecutors.
The jury convicted Gama on a charge of possession with intent to distribute and importation of a kilogram or more of heroin. Prosecutors say Gama accepted delivery of a package on June 20, 2011, containing more than a kilogram of heroin concealed within a wooden tortilla press, and that he intended to distribute the drug to someone else.
Prosecutors presented evidence that showed Gama received a package shipped from an address in Michoacan, Mexico, through DHL Express. The DHL package, which was addressed to Gama, contained a wooden tortilla press containing 1.07 kilograms of Mexican black tar heroin, according to prosecutors.
The DHL package addressed to Gama was first intercepted by Customs and Border Protection officers inspecting international shipments arriving at the DHL hub in Cincinnati. Federal agents in San Jose were alerted to the package and were prepared to seize the package and the heroin when it arrived in California.
Once Gama signed for the package, federal agents served a search warrant and confiscated the drugs.
Gama's sentencing is scheduled for April 15 in San Jose federal court. The maximum sentence is life in prison, with a statutory mandatory minimum term of 10 years in prison, according to the Department of Justice.
The prosecution is the result of an 18-month investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations and Customs and Border Protection.
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