Crime

She went along for the ride in a truck hauling 90.9 kilos of cocaine

A Texas woman who was along for the ride with a truck driver has admitted she knew he was committing a crime — he was hauling 90.9 kilos, or 200.4 pounds of cocaine, records show.

Maria Betancourt Castillo, 46, faced prosecution on multiple drug charges but accepted a plea deal Thursday to misprision of felony. The federal charge means knowing a crime is being committed for failing to report it.

She and Jose Gilberto Granadas, 43, were arrested in August, when a Harrison County deputy sheriff stopped a tractor-trailor on Interstate 10.

Granadas admitted he was on probation for a drug conviction and it appeared he was violating trucking standards, a court document said. The cocaine allegedly was hidden in a modified passenger-side fuel tank.

Castillo has been held with no bond, found to have family ties and other ties to Mexico, from where Granadas allegedly was smuggling cocaine across the border bound for North Carolina.

She faces up to three years in prison at her sentencing Jan. 12.

Granadas, also held, is set for trial on a court calendar that starts Nov. 7.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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