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Truck driver sentenced to 12 years for cocaine charge

On Aug. 22, a truck driver who was found transporting drugs in New Jersey received a 12-year state prison sentence from a Superior Court judge in Warren County. The 35-year-old man was handed the sentence after pleading guilty to first-degree possession of cocaine with intent to distribute on Feb. 25. He will be ineligible for parole during the first four years of his sentence.

The truck driver, who hails from Texas, originally received the drug charge as a result of an incident that took place on Feb. 12, 2013. That day, the man was stopped by a New Jersey State Police officer while driving along Interstate 78 in Greenwich Township. The man was reportedly transporting produce in his tractor-trailer when the officer stopped him for a commercial vehicle inspection.

When the officer inspected the truck, 64 pounds of marijuana and 20 kilos of cocaine were found stashed behind the sleeper berth wall and in the ceiling of the truck. According to reports, the estimated street value of the drugs that were seized was $800,000. The Division of Criminal Justice Gangs and Organized Crime Bureau was reportedly involved in the case.

A commercial truck driver who is facing a similar charge may have a number of possible defense strategies available to them. A criminal defense attorney may begin to build a solid defense by first determining if the truck driver was the person who was responsible for packing the vehicle. If other parties were hired to load and unload the truck, it's possible that a driver was a mere pawn in a drug transportation scheme that he had no knowledge of.

Source: NJ.com, "Texas man sentenced to 12 years in prison for Interstate 78 cocaine arrest", August 22, 2014

Source: NJ.com, "Texas man sentenced to 12 years in prison for Interstate 78 cocaine arrest", August 22, 2014

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