According to a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) press release, on April 9, 2012, a Laredo, Texas man, Robert Lee Cloyd, was sentenced by a federal district judge to 70 months (nearly six years) for federal drug crimes. He was guilty of possession with the intent to distribute over 2,400 kilograms of marijuana wrapped onto 98 bundles.
Cloyd was busted on September 2, 2011 while he was trying to pass through border patrol. He was driving a truck that had a trailer attached to it. Border Patrol approached his vehicle intending to conduct an immigration investigation when canines signaled that drugs were in the trailer. The patrol officer asked Cloyd standard questions regarding the contents of trailer such as whether he could produce a receipt and the weight of the goods. When Cloyd was unable to answer these questions, the patrol officer inspected the trailer and found the bundles of drugs hidden under some corn silage.
After Cloyd was arrested and to build their case against him, the DEA and Border Patrol obtained a search warrant for Cloyd’s iphone. After the search was conducted, it was discover that the night before his arrest, he texted “. . . the big bosses wanna meet with me . . . I kno they r gonna ask me to bring something else back.”
Cloyd pled guilty to the federal drug crimes in January of 2012. In addition to the 70 months of federal prison, Cloyd will be on supervised released for four years.
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