A truck driver caught hauling more than 44 pounds of cocaine through Kansas will spend almost four years in federal prison.
Erick Omar Rios, 37, of San Ysidro, Calif., was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to one count of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said in a news release. Kansas Highway Patrol troopers who stopped Rios for a traffic offense in Wabaunsee County in September 2015 found 10 vacuum-wrapped packages of cocaine hidden inside a cooling unit in the semitrailer truck he was driving. Rios picked the load up in Los Angeles and was on his way to Plainfield, Ind., to deliver it when he was caught, according to Beall and court records.
He expected to be paid $4,000 for hauling the load, Beall said. Instead, he got 46 months in federal prison.