Eva Knott 10:44 a.m., May 18
A man who was caught transiting over 2 tons of marijuana in a tractor trailer was sentenced to 13 years and 9 months in prison on Thursday, June 19th.
Roy Eduardo Cuevas Sánchez was caught in August of 2011 by Mexican Customs near the border crossing of Otay Mesa. The truck he was driving had 345 packages of marijuana which weighed in at 2 ton and 17kilos. The Mexican Army assisted in the arrest.
The Attorney General's Office (PGR) reported that the Thirteenth District Court in Baja California issued its judgment against the defendant. The defendant will also pay 200 days worth of minimum wage in fines.
Mexican courts have been criticized for not handing out sufficient sentences, or any at all, to drug traffickers who are apprehended. Criminals are often released because of insufficient evidence, due to the lack of investigations by authorities.
Tijuana and Baja California has led the country in massive drug seizures in recent years, and hope to lead the way in properly prosecuting criminals as well.