Former Deacon sentenced in drug smuggling scheme

El Paso, Texas - The man who formerly served as Deacon for two years at Corpus Christi Parish in the Lower Valley was sentenced to five years in federal prison Wednesday for his role in a drug conspiracy distribution ring.

Luis Ulises Carrasco, 54, was arrested in May on a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana. The court documents indicate that Carrasco became involved in a group that smuggled tons of marijuana from El Paso and Arizona.

Carrasco had served as deacon at Corpus Christi Catholic Parish for two years before his arrest in may. In a statement released by Bishop Marc Seitz Wednesday afternoon, he said "No one who presents themselves for service in the Church is without sin or incapable of committing a crime.  They are expected to be models for others and so when something like this happens it is certainly a matter of great disappointment and concern to me and to all God’s people."

In addition to the five year prison sentence, Carrasco was also ordered to forfeit $300,000 in cash that the federal government accuses him of profiting while involved in the scheme.

Seitz also attempted to console the members of the Corpus Christi Parish "We are concerned for his family and all of those he served.  This is a very difficult time for them.  We want to assure them of our prayers and support."

 


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