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7 lbs of meth means 10-year term

A Mexican national was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office said.

Isaias Carrasco-Vega, 44, of Mexicali, Baja California, was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison and 5 years of supervised release after he pled guilty to to possession with the intent to distribute approximately seven kilograms of methamphetamine.

March 18, Carrasco-Vega was apprehended at the Interstate 19 Border Patrol checkpoint driving a Ford Expedition SUV that contained approximately seven kilograms of methamphetamine and 17 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a secret compartment, said spokesman Manny Tarango.

"Additional investigation revealed that Carrasco-Vega was intending to deliver the narcotics to a drug trafficking organization based out of Tucson," Tarango said.

"Drug couriers that participate in drug dealing networks will be held accountable for their actions," acting U.S. Attorney Ann Birmingham Scheel said in a press release.

"I would like to commend the Border Patrol for their continued vigilance in combating these drug trafficking organizations who bring illicit drugs into our communities."

Carrasco-Vega was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David Bury.

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