Man Who Disguised Pot as XMas Presents Sentenced

GREELEY, Colorado (AP) — A Mexican national who disguised marijuana as wrapped Christmas presents has been sentenced in Weld County to 12 years in prison.

Ever Eleazar Murrieta-Nieblas will be deported after serving his sentence. The 37-year-old was convicted last month of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Murrieta-Nieblas was pulled over for driving erratically on Dec. 12, 2009, on Interstate 76. He told a Colorado state trooper he was on his way to Fort Morgan from Arizona to visit family. He said the bed of his pickup truck was filled with Christmas presents.

The Greeley Tribune reports that troopers discovered four large duffel bags containing more than 270 pounds of marijuana, some wrapped as presents.
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