BALTIMORE - A New Jersey man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for transporting 13 kilograms of cocaine through Maryland.
Thirty-one-year-old Jonathan Melendez of Lodi, N.J., was sentenced Thursday. He had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute cocaine.
According to his plea agreement, a Maryland State Police trooper stopped Melendez for speeding as he was driving a rental car north on Interstate 95. Melendez's demeanor during the traffic stop led the trooper to request a police dog to inspect the vehicle.
The dog alerted and a search uncovered 13 kilogram-sized bricks of cocaine in the trunk of the car.
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