March 14, 2003
by David Fuller
Albany-- Five drug smugglers were sentenced in Federal Court.
Investigators arrested the five smugglers at a Crisp County truck stop in May 2002.
Friday, a judge sentenced 45-year-old Perry Powell of Albany to 22-years in prison.
Four Texas men were also sentenced. 32-year-old Mariano Garcia will spend 20-years in prison. 43 year-old Luis Gutierrez got 14-years. Roman Arredondo and Hector DeLeon were sentenced to 4.5 years.
The smugglers hid 260 kilograms of cocaine and 85 kilograms of marijuana under a load of produce then unloaded it into a van. Prosecutors say the arrests led to other states and resulted in the dismantling of a large drug trafficking operation.
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