Man pleads guilty to trafficking cocaine through Alabama

(File: CBS)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A man has plead guilty to transporting about 15 kilograms of cocaine from the Mexican border before he was stopped by Alabama state troopers.

Court documents say 55-year-old Robert Francis Kelly of Minersville, Pennsylvania was a professional truck driver. The reports say he was driving an 18-wheeler on Interstate-85 when he was pulled over near Exit 16.

Troopers say they searched the tractor-trailer after finding suspicious evidence and when Kelly lied about where he was driving from.

Agents found about 15 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a secret compartment in the truck. Court documents say the drugs are worth about a half-million dollars.

“Despite the influx of heroin, fentanyl and other synthetic drugs, cocaine continues to be a menace throughout Alabama,” U.S. Attorney George Beck says. “The abuse of illegal drugs destroys families and businesses and we will continue to fight to keep our streets free from this poison.”

Kelly currently faces between a 10 year sentence to life in prison.  His sentencing hearing will be scheduled in the next few months.

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