PA man pleads guilty to trafficking 15 kilos of cocaine through AL

Published: Dec. 8, 2016 at 6:33 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 8, 2016 at 6:41 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty Thursday to a one-count indictment for possession of more than five kilograms of cocaine with the intent to distribute, according to George L. Beck, Jr., United States Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama.

Robert Francis Kelly, 55, of Minersville, PA, was a professional 18-wheeler truck driver. He was arrested after being pulled over by an Alabama State Trooper on Interstate 85 in east Montgomery.

Kelly first told law enforcement that he was driving down from Delaware, but after being confronted with contradictory records, he admitted to lying. He told officers he was actually driving from an area just a few miles from the United States-Mexican Border and was heading toward Atlanta.

Law enforcement searched Kelly's 18-wheeler and found approximately 15 kilograms of cocaine in a secret compartment. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) estimated the drugs' street value at around a half-million dollars.

Kelly faces the possibility of 10 years to life in prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

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