2013-10-30 / Crime & Courts

Transporting cocaine brings 10 year prison sentence


Benita Lopez Benita Lopez The Willacy County and District Attorney’s Office announced today that Benita Lopez, 28, of Pasadena, Texas was found guilty of possession of cocaine. The defendant was sentenced to 10 years in prison. On September 15, 2013, at 8:24 am, a trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety conducted a traffic stop on a Ford F-150 pick-up truck on U.S. Highway 77 North of Raymondville for a traffic violation. When the trooper requested a driver’s license from the driver, Benita Lopez, he noticed that Lopez appeared very nervous. Lopez gave the trooper consent to search the truck. While searching the truck, the trooper tilted the back seat forward and discovered the panel concealing the cabs back wall had been recently removed. The trooper was able to pull the panel effortlessly and discovered 26 bundles of cocaine. Lopez was arrested and transported to the Willacy County Jail. The District Attorney’s Office would like to thank the Texas Department of Public Safety for their participation in this case. The case was prosecuted by District Attorney Bernard Ammerman and Border Prosecutor David Coronado.

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