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Federal Jury in ABQ Convicts Fla. Man

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A federal jury in Albuquerque has found Joaquin Bassols Jr., 33, of Miami, guilty of trafficking methamphetamine and marijuana following a four-day trial last week, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

Bassols, who had been on release under pretrial supervision since his June 2010 arrest, was remanded to custody following the verdict late Friday and will be detained until he is sentenced at a date still to be scheduled, the release said. He faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison.

Bassols was arrested on June 16, 2010 after a traffic stop turned up a pound and a half of methamphetamine and 26 pounds of marijuana in a car he and Anthony James Aiello, 33, also of Miami, had been driving from Los Angeles en route to Miami, federal prosecutors said.

Co-defendant Aiello pleaded guilty to a four-count federal indictment on Jan. 20 and is scheduled to be sentenced on April 26, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

After an April 2011 trial of Bassols ended in a mistrial when the jury was unable to reach a verdict, Bassols went back on trial on Feb. 21, according to the release.

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