2 men sentenced for attempted drug trafficking to Alaska
Two men who authorities say attempted to transport cocaine and marijuana from California to Alaska for distribution will spend the next few years behind bars.
According to a release from U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder's office, Jorge Lopez-Villareal, 29, a citizen of Mexico and Carlos Zavala-Flores, 39, who were both residing in Juneau at the time, flew to Los Angeles on April 19, 2017. A week later, they were driving through Oregon, en route to Alaska, when a trooper pulled them over for "crossing the centerline several times".
"At the traffic stop, the Trooper noticed a strong odor of fabric softener and marijuana emanating from the vehicle," according to the release. "When Zavala-Flores was questioned, the Trooper learned that both Zavala-Flores and Lopez-Villareal intended on driving the vehicle up the I-5 to Seattle so they could ship the vehicle to Juneau."
Upon arriving in Seattle, the two planned to slit the cost to ship the vehicle to Juneau and then use a commercial airline to fly to Juneau, the release said.
Following a vehicle search, officers found approximately 6.8 pounds of cocaine and 22 pounds of marijuana which was intended for distribution in Juneau. Officers also found that Lopez-Villareal was carrying $6,750 in U.S. currency.
Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess sentenced the two to serve three years in prison, followed by four years of supervised release.
Zavala-Flores was previously sentenced in June 2018 to serve three years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.
They were both federally charged with, and pleaded guilty to, one count of drug conspiracy.
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