- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A 43-year-old truck driver found hauling just over 200 pounds of cocaine on Interstate 10 in Harrison County has accepted a plea deal and now faces 10 years to life in prison.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2eX1oQO) Jose Gilberto Granados pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court. Judge Sul Ozerden will sentence him Jan. 27. Granados also faces a fine of up to $1 million and five years of supervised release.

Granados was driving a tractor-trailer with a Texas license place when a Harrison County deputy sheriff pulled him over June 29.

Authorities say the end of a passenger-side fuel tank had been modified to hold the cocaine.

Granados’ traveling companion, Maria Betancourt Castillo, has pleaded guilty knowing a crime was being committed but failing to report it. She will be sentenced Jan. 12.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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