SAN FRANCISCO. A Bay Area man has been arrested and is awaiting extradition to Hawaii, where federal prosecutors have indicted him in connection with the seizure of 23 pounds of cocaine, court records show.
Marco Antonio Zamora, 46, was arrested on federal charges Nov. 16 and remains in Dublin’s Santa Rita prison, awaiting extradition to Honolulu, court records show. He has yet to file a plea.
In court records, prosecutors wrote that Zamora allegedly works as a plumber, but somehow found $ 500,000 to buy drugs in the Bay Area and lives in a $ 3 million home in Redwood City.
“The investigation revealed that Zamora has no visible means of earning / working, but she does have significant deposits in California and Hawaii, including $ 544,030.00 total cash deposits that were made in Zamora’s San Mateo accounts of the California Credit union in Honolulu, Hawaii, between 2015 and 2020, ”US Assistant Attorney Scott Joyner wrote in the court records.
Zamora is the second Bay Area resident arrested in this case. Last February, 45-year-old Javier Chavez from Redwood City was arrested in the same case. Both are charged with distributing cocaine along with Ping Hong Lee.
According to the complaint, Zamora and Chavez took Lee to Hawaii with a duffel bag containing 23 pounds of cocaine. Authorities arrested Li later that day after a high speed chase and seized the drugs, prosecutors said.
The criminal lawsuit alleges that Zamora was also suspected of working to convert a Hawaiian bar, described as a “notorious hangout” for drug dealers, into an illegal gambling house. The federal investigation began with a tip from the Hawaii Department of Public Safety. The complaint says that Dexter Kauahi is an agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Zamora was convicted of trafficking in methamphetamine following federal indictment in 1999 when prosecutors linked him to a £ 1.5 deal. He also faced “multiple arrests for murder,” but was never convicted, according to prosecutors, which also named Zamora a member of a Northern California gang.
Court records show that if convicted, Zamora faces a minimum of 10 years in federal prison and a maximum life sentence.