Reston, VA

Scales of Justice/File graphic A Herndon man was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday with drug and firearms charges stemming from a 2011 incident in Reston

Saul Pacheco Mejia, 48,  was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, and the use of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime resulting in death, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia said.

According to the indictment, Pacheco Mejia and two conspirators traveled to Reston in December of 2011 to sell cocaine to Colvin Morris.

After Morris attempted to rob them of the cocaine, Pacheco Mejia and his co-conspirators chased Morris from an apartment in Cameron Crescent, shooting and killing him as he attempted to flee. Pacheco Mejia and his co-conspirators fled the scene and later fled to Honduras.

Pacheco Mejia faces a maximum penalty of death, or up to life imprisonment if convicted.

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