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Previously deported man busted with 5.8 kilos cocaine sentenced

November 29, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Previously deported man busted with 5.8 kilos cocaine sentenced

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Francisco Sanchez Correa had almost made it to his destination in Gulfport when the Camaro he was in was stopped in Pass Christian.

He and his passenger did not have any ID or luggage, but 5.8 kilos of cocaine were concealed inside the car, resulting in their arrests back in June.

Correa, 27, has been sentenced to 57 months behind bars and was given a penalty of $2,000 for interstate travel in aid of a drug racketeering enterprises. After completing his time, he will be transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

According to the Sun-Herald, Correa and Leonel Chavez Vargas drove from Texas and informed a Harrison County deputy they intended to visit a friend in Gulfport and were going to get a hotel, a DEA Task Force agent indicated in an affidavit.

The deputy had pulled over the Camaro because the vehicle was driving too close to a tanker truck in inclement weather. Correa had no documents indicating that he owned the car.

Correa and Vargas had both been deported from the U.S. in the past.

A federal grand jury indicted them on charges of drug-trafficking charges in June.

Correa, a restaurant employee in Smithville, Texas, entered a plea deal in August and he was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden on November 20th.

Vargas is facing five to 40 years behind bars.

He pleaded guilty to possessing with intent to distribute cocaine and will be sentenced in February.

When they were arrested, Vargas was being sought by authorities on a weapon violation by federal firearm agents in Houston.

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