A man who took a ride with a serviceman friend and 10 kilos, or 22 pounds, of meth has been sentenced to prison in federal court in Gulfport.
Jandiel Omar Viera-Orellano, 25, received a five-year prison term, the maximum penalty for interstate travel in aid of drug racketeering enterprises.
Orellano also received a $3,000 fine at his sentencing in U.S. District Court on Friday, court records show.
A Harrison County deputy arrested him and Carlos Anibal Gonzalez, 25, in a traffic stop on Interstate 10 near Canal Road on Nov. 22, 2016.
Gonzalez was speeding in a borrowed car and the meth was hidden in the westbound vehicle, court papers show. The men told the deputy they had left Georgia to visit a relative in Texas.
Gonzalez, who was a member of the U.S. Marines, pulled out his military identification card along with his driver’s license, a document shows.
The deputy, a DEA Task Force member, said he smelled just-smoked marijuana and found a 9 mm handgun in the car. Also, Orellano had previous drug arrests that showed up in a background check.
A federal grand jury indicted both men on multiple counts Dec. 7, 2016. They each faced 10 years to life in prison.
Both men accepted a plea deal on a lesser charge July 26.
Gonzalez was sentenced Nov. 15. U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. gave Gonzalez the same sentence as Orellano.
Their hometowns were not available from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.