Mexican National sentenced to 127 months for drug trafficking and unlawful re-entry into U.S.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – On Friday, a Mexican National was sentenced to 127 months in federal prison.

United States District Judge Danny C. Reeves sentenced Hector Salas-Pina for conspiracy and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and unlawful re-entry into the United States, after a previous deportation for an aggravated felony.

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Investigators say Salas-Pina was tried and convicted of the drug charges, in February of this year. The evidence at trial established that Salas-Pina obtained six kilograms of cocaine, from other individuals who had concealed it in the axles of a trailer. Salas-Pina drove a vehicle and the trailer to Lexington, to be delivered to a cocaine dealer for sale in Lexington.

On May 17, 2017, the Lexington Police Department, in conjunction with the FBI and KSP, made a stop of the vehicle and trailer and located the cocaine. The street value of the cocaine is approximately $600,000. Following the trial, Salas-Pina entered a guilty plea to re-entry charge.

Under federal law, Salas- Pina must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence; and upon release, he will be deported from the United States.

Media Release from the Department of Justice