12-10-2012, 02:03 PM #1
CA - Famed architect to be sentenced for drug smuggling
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Eugenio Velazquez is not a typical courier busted for smuggling drugs on the U.S.-Mexico border.
The acclaimed architect will be sentenced Monday for trying to bring 12.8 pounds of cocaine into the U.S. in a special lane for prescreened, trusted motorists. A drug-sniffing dog alerted inspectors to five packages hidden in the battery of his 2004 Nissan Quest at San Diego's San Ysidro port of entry...............
Velazquez, 51, wrote U.S. District Judge Thomas Whelan last week that criminals threatened to kill him and hurt his family in San Diego and Tijuana if he refused..............
"It's very common for a drug smuggler to claim coercion after they get caught," said Lauren Mack, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which led the investigation. "The question is why they don't come to authorities before they're caught."................
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