ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH, La. — A veteran St. John Parish firefighter has been charged in federal court with trying to bring more than 70 kilos of marijuana from Mexico across the Texas border.
Michael Eric Moscona was arrested at a border checkpoint near McAllen, Tex. on June 17, according to a criminal complaint filed in the Southern District of Texas.
Moscona was booked with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. He was released and allowed to return home to Louisiana on June 24 after a judge granted a free signature bond, according to court records.
In a criminal complaint, DEA Agent Gilberto Nieves wrote that Moscona confessed to trying to bring the drugs to Ponchatoula, La. and that he also admitted: “he had made several trips transporting marijuana in his personal truck in previous months.”
The amount of weed, about 154 pounds. is valued at roughly $150,000. The volume led agents to determine the drugs were meant for distribution, according to the complaint.
The agents stated they became suspicious of Moscona when he showed signs of nervousness and “his bottom lip began to tremble” as he offered an explanation of being on vacation with his family, but…