Elkhart man face up to 56 years on meth, marijuana charges
Posted: 09/13/2013 at 9:36 pm
By: Emily Pfund
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Efren Mendoza-Vargas, 37, was convicted on Tuesday, Sept. 10, of dealing in methamphetamine, a class A felony, and possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance, both class D felonies, according to a news release from the Elkhart County Prosecutorís Office.
Mendoza-Vargas was arrested after the Elkhart County Interdiction and Covert Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant at his residence on Pottawatomi Drive and found approximately $10,000, fraudulent identifications, one pound of marijuana and more than one pound of methamphetamine.
The methamphetamine alone was valued at about $60,000, according to the news release.
This was Mendoza-Vargasí second trial on these charges. He was convicted on all three charges in November 2011, but the conviction was overturned by the Indiana Court of Appeals on the grounds that the confession used to convict him was inadmissible.
The prosecutionís case was presented in the new trial without the confession.
Mendoza-Vargasí sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 3.