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Drugs smuggled inside car batteries

A Guatemala-to-Maryland drug ring used car batteries like this to smuggle cocaine and heroin, federal authorities said this week.


Cesar Molina-Maldonado, 40, a Guatemalan national, was sentenced to 11 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for his role in the ring, the U.S. Attorneys Office in Greenbelt said Tuesday.

According to prosecutors, from at least February 2001 to February 2004, the drug ring moved nine to 10 pounds of cocaine or heroin inside functioning car batteries. Conspirators used the drug proceeds to purchase vehicles at auto auctions, which were transported to Molina-Maldonado in Guatemala, with the remaining proceeds hidden in the vehicles, prosecutors said.

Molina-Maldonado is responsible for distributing over 330 pounds of cocaine during the conspiracy, according to officials.

Another member of the group, Miguel Osvaldo Bolanos-Acevedo, a.k.a "El Cochero." 48, was sentenced earlier to 160 months in prison, authorities said.

-- Dan Morse

By Dan Morse  | November 3, 2010; 10:45 AM ET
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Molina-Maldonado was extradited to the United States from Guatemala to face these charges.

I expect Justice to be sufficiently savvy so as to require him to serve his probation in Guatemala.

Posted by: hungrypirana | November 3, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

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