Man Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Cocaine into LAX

Posted By Los Angeles Defense Lawyer || 20-Feb-2011

Esteban Galtes, 23, was arrested in December at LAX after federal agents searched his luggage and discovered more than 14 pounds of cocaine, much of it hidden in pastel-colored, egg-shaped candy.  Galtes was returning to the United States after a one-week trip to Colombia and told authorities the candy was for his two children.

The remainder of the cocaine was hidden under the cardboard bottom of a paper shopping bag, authorities said. The seized cocaine has an estimated street value of more than $100,000.

He recently plead guilty in Federal Court to Importing a Controlled Substance.  If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in Federal prison.

If you, or someone you know has been charged with Importing a Controlled Substance, Federal Drug Trafficking or any other Federal Drug Crime contact  Los Angeles Defense Attorney Robert M. Bernstein for a free consultation today.

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