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Cocaine trafficker given 6 years in prison

  1. Mick Mouse
    TUCSON, Arizona-A federal judge has sentenced a Mexican man to six years in prison for cocaine trafficking.

    U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins in Tucson sentenced 30-year-old Bay Ignacio Mendivil-Silva of Hermosillo, Mexico, to prison after pleading guilty on august 19 to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and importation of cocaine.

    Authorities say Mendivil-Silva entered the U.S. through Nogales on March 19, 2010 with approximately 15 kilograms of cocaine hidden in his vehicle.

    The U.S. Attorney's office says that Mendivil-Silva was a businessman who made a living buying cars in Nogales and exporting them to Mexico.

    Mendivil-Silva argued at his sentencing this week for a light sentence because he was a first time narcotics trafficker.

    Collins said the defendant abused his Border Crossing Card in order to attempt to smuggle drugs into the U.S.

    The Denver Post
    The Associated Press


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