Sentencing set for trucker hauling
Sun Coverage New trial set for man accused of transporting 452 pounds of cocaine (10 11 2011) Grand jury indicts trucker in massive cocaine seizure (8 19 2011) $16.4 million cocaine seizure on I 15 sets Nevada record (8 10 2011)
Sentencing will be held next month for a Canadian man who has pleaded guilty to charges related to smuggling a large stash of cocaine 452 pounds valued at some $16.4 million last August from California into Southern Nevada.
Gaston Danjou, 52, had been scheduled to go to trial next week in Clark County District Court on charges of trafficking in cocaine and transporting a controlled substance.
Danjou, however, has changed his plea to guilty to an air max 1 amended complaint of trafficking in a controlled substance, according to court records. Feb. 21 before Judge Kathleen Delaney.
He is being held on $1 million bail in the Clark County Detention Center, where he has been since being arrested Aug. 10 near the Jean exit on Interstate 15 by a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper.
The trooper stopped him after becoming suspicious about the way Danjou was driving.
The troop air max 1 er said Danjou, who was transporting construction materials on a flatbed, swerved into an adjacent lane three times.
Under questioning, Danjou to air max 1 ld the trooper he was from Qubec and was the owner of the truck. He said he was transporting the material for a private company, officer said.
The trooper became suspicious and got Danjou to allow for a search of his truck.
State troopers brought in a dog, which sniffed out the cocaine in 10 duffel bags that were in a hidden compartment in the truck’s sleeper area.
They found 170 bricks they estimated had a street value of $16.4 million.
According to officials, the truck had left the central valley of California and was en route to the Midwest.
It was unclear how Danjou obtained the cocaine, but investigators believe he was working for someone else because of the amount found in the truck.
Clark County Regional Justice Center 200 Lewis Ave Las Vegas,
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Not even a citizen and you are trafficking in the USA? Any non citizen committing a crime on US soil should have their sentences doubled. No respect as a guest/visitor. Like someone who is a guest in your home pissing on the floor.
With a cargo like this, he should have been extra careful while driving. Its not like the cocaine bricks were giving off fumes and he was flying high. He was just asking to be stopped.