Crime

Defendant sentenced for smuggling meth at Modesto airport

A 31-year-old Sanger man was sentenced Monday to four years and one month in federal prison for trying to smuggle a few pounds of methamphetamine at the Modesto Airport.

Federal prosecutors said Oscar Rodriguez was carrying about 2 pounds of meth at the airport on Jan. 31, 2013.

Transportation Security Administration officers stopped Rodriguez after his baggage tested positive for the presence of a prohibited substance. As the result of a pat-down search, officers discovered two zip-lock baggies containing meth, according to the prosecutors.

Rodriguez was carrying boarding passes for flights from Modesto to San Francisco and from San Francisco to Maui, Hawaii.

This case was the result of an investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Transportation Security Administration and the Modesto Police Department.

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