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Man Flees Hurricane with Wife, Baby and 7 Kilos of Cocaine

Posted/updated on: January 29, 2018 at 3:54 pm
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GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A man piled his wife and baby boy into a car to escape a hurricane barreling toward Texas last year and headed for Atlanta. They never made it. The Sun Herald reports , 26-year-old Rodolfo Ortuno, of Houston was pulled over in Mississippi by a deputy for careless driving. Court documents say the deputy then searched the car and found 7 kilos of cocaine in the trunk. Ortuno pleaded guilty to a drug trafficking charge Friday. He faces a possible life sentence and maximum fine of $10 million. Sentencing is set for April. He told authorities he was to be paid $7,000 for driving the vehicle to Atlanta. Ortuno was arrested Aug. 24, 2017, a day before Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas Gulf Coast.


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