MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The U.S. Attorney's office says a Texas man will spend 8 years and 9 months in federal prison following a conviction for possessing and transporting a kilogram of heroin.
Eduardo Leal-Arispe, 47, of McAllen, Texas, was sentenced Thursday for the crime.
U.S. Attorney George L. Beck, Jr's office said Leal's tractor-trailer was stopped in Feb. 2009, for a safety inspection on Interstate 85 in Montgomery. A search yielded $1.18 million in cash. Officers also found a kilogram of heroin in the truck.
Leal pleaded guilty to possessing with the intent to distribute the heroin and to traveling in interstate commerce with the intent to distribute the money for sale of illegal drugs.
"These criminals are bringing this poison into our state, poisoning our communities, our families and our children. My office will continue to work with law enforcement and vigorously prosecute drug dealers who distribute illegal drugs that destroy families and communities," stated Attorney Beck.
Chief U. S. District Judge Keith Watkins remanded Leal to the custody of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to complete service of his 105-month sentence which was ordered to run concurrently with approximately 14 months remaining on a prior federal drug conviction that Leal received in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Leal was also ordered to serve 4 years of supervised release and to pay a special assessment fee of $200.00.