Trucker Who Hid Almost 700 Pounds of Drugs in Trailer is Headed to Prison
Laredo, TX – A trucker is going to prison for five years after pleading guilty last year to possessing with the intent to distribute more than 300 kilograms of marijuana.
Last week in U.S. District Court, 49-year-old Carrizo Springs resident Vicente Guajardo-Cantu was sentenced to serve a 60-month term of imprisonment to be immediately followed by four years of supervised release.
Guajardo-Cantu pleaded guilty November 4, 2019.
According to court documents in the case, Guajardo-Cantu worked as a truck driver with a North Dakota commercial driver’s license (CDL).
On September 16, 2017, he arrived at the U.S. Highway 83 checkpoint driving his tractor-trailer.
During an initial inspection, a K-9 alerted to the trailer he was hauling.
There, authorities ultimately found 28 cellophane bundles of marijuana hidden inside the trailer.
Further investigation also revealed he presented a fraudulent bill of lading during the primary inspection.
Authorities said the drugs weighed a total of 312 kilograms (688 pounds) with a street value of approximately $200,000.
He has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) officials said.
In a similar incident last month, two truck drivers were arrested for multiple drug trafficking charges after more than $12 million worth of hard narcotics were discovered in their tractor-trailer.
READ more about that bust below.