Mexican gets 25 years in Panama-Texas cocaine case

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Associated Press

Posted on January 9, 2014 at 10:32 AM

HOUSTON (AP) — A drug smuggler from Mexico has been sentenced to 25 years in a U.S. prison for his role in trying to smuggle several tons of cocaine from Panama.

A federal judge in Houston late Tuesday sentenced 42-year-old Oscar Nava-Valencia of Guadalajara, Mexico. Nava-Valencia earlier pleaded guilty to cocaine conspiracy.

Panamanian authorities in March 2006 seized more than 2 tons of cocaine from a warehouse in Panama City. Investigators believe the cocaine was part of a larger load — more than 3 tons — to be shipped from Panama to Mexico and eventually smuggled into the U.S.

Authorities say Nava-Valencia planned to take possession of some of the cocaine in Mexico. He was arrested in January 2010 in Mexico and extradited to the U.S. in early 2011.

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