Man convicted on drug charges
The second of two men accused of bringing large amounts of Mexican methamphetamine into Elkhart County was convicted last month on 12 felony charges.
Jurors found Miguel A. Esqueda, 31, of 64245 C.R. 31, guilty on nine counts of cocaine dealing and three of methamphetamine dealing. All of the events happened in December 2008 and January 2009, according to court records.
At the time of Esqueda's arrest, authorities said they seized 18 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value estimated at $1.6 million. Also arrested in January 2009 was Oswaldo Quizaman, 31, of 25062 C.R. 22, Elkhart. He was sentenced last year to 80 years in prison and is appealing.
Esqueda faces up to 50 years in prison on each of the 12 counts.
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* Michael A. Maxie, 48, of 1420 Holiday View Drive, Elkhart, was convicted Friday of felony battering a pregnant woman and misdemeanor domestic battery and interfering with the reporting of a crime in June 2008, according to court records. It was the second trial for Maxie in a month, after an earlier jury reached an impasse and couldn't reach a verdict. Maxie faces up to eight years in prison for the felony and up to a year for the misdemeanors. Judge Evan Roberts scheduled his sentencing Feb. 28.