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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Flatbed from AZ yields 150 lbs cocaine

Arizona trucker Guadalupe Rios-Pinela, 46, will spend at least the next 10 years in prison after a Kansas state trooper found garbage bags with 150 pounds of cocaine under the tarp of his flatbed.

Guadalupe lost many points in the drug-traffic lottery as he motored north on I-35 from Arizona:

  • His truck had a high DOT number, indicating the company was recently created
  • He was coming from Arizona to Chicago, a common drug-trafficking route
  • His cargo bill was handwritten and vague
  • He couldn't explain why a passenger was with him and only knew the passenger's first name

150 pounds isn't very much, as industrial-scale drug-trafficking goes. Perhaps that's why the shippers were so sloppy?


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