Herald JournalHerald Journal, Dec. 15, 2003

Man found in LP with 'purchased name'

By Ryan Gueningsman

After being stopped for a equipment violation, a Lester Prairie man was found to have been living in Lester Prairie under an alias, in addition to being in possession of a small amount of cocaine.

Juan Carlos Arvizu Pacheco aka Benjamin Leal had been living in the United States illegally, said Lester Prairie Police Chief Bob Carlson.

"He had purchased the name from a guy in Minneapolis," Carlson said. "He's an illegal immigrant."

Leal was initially stopped Nov. 16 at 4:45 p.m. for a taillight that was out. It was discovered that Leal's driving privileges were suspended, and that he had three prior convictions for driving after withdrawal and no Minnesota driver's license, according to a criminal complaint.

After being placed under arrest, a search of Leal's vehicle was done, and at that time police found a $1 bill folded up. Inside of the bill was a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine.

The substance was a usable quantity of cocaine, it was noted in the complaint.

Also confiscated near to the cocaine was $320 in cash, Carlson said.

After some follow-up investigation, police learned that Leal was not who he said he was, Carlson said. Leal admitted that his real name was Juan Carlos Arvizu Pacheco. He had been working at a concrete company in Wyoming, and had been living in Lester Prairie for approximately nine months.

Arvizu Pacheco was charged with felony fifth degree controlled substance violation for possession of the cocaine, which carries a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.

He was also charged with giving a police officer a false name, a gross misdemeanor, which carries a maximum penalty of one year imprisonment and/or a $3,000 fine. He was also charged with no Minnesota driver's license.


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