Jun 9, 2011 10:34 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Texas pair gets 6 years in cocaine case

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Two Texas men have been sentenced to six years in federal prison for smuggling cocaine into Baton Rouge in the door panel of a pickup.
The Advocate reports U.S. District Judge James Brady sentenced 22-year-old Melesio Noyola of Lufkin and 21-year-old Jonathan Beltran of Eagle Pass on Wednesday.
Noyola and Beltran pleaded guilty in 2009 to conspiracy, possession of more than 11 pounds of cocaine with intent to distribute, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a drug-trafficking crime.
The case involved more than 15 pounds of uncut cocaine smuggled into Baton Rouge from Austin, Texas, in the pickup.


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