- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - A truck driver from California was sentenced to almost four years in federal prison after he was caught hauling more than 44 pounds of cocaine through Kansas.

Federal prosecutors say 37-year-old Erick Oma Rios, of San Ysidro, California, was sentenced Monday to three years and 10 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Kansas Highway Patrol troopers stopped Rios in Wabaunsee County in September 2015 for a traffic violation. They found 10 vacuum-wrapped packages of cocaine hidden inside a cooling unit in the semitrailer truck Rios was driving.

Prosecutors say Rios picked up the drugs in Los Angeles and was planning to deliver the cocaine to Plainfield, Indiana.

Rios was expecting to be paid $4,000 for hauling the cocaine.

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