News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 13, 2006
Contact: Special Agent Ramona Sanchez
Public Information Officer
(602) 664-5725

Truck Driver Sentenced for Hauling Marijuana

TUCSON – Timothy J. Landrum, DEA Special Agent-in-Charge and Paul K. Charlton, U.S. Attorney today announced that Martin Antonio Campa-Corella, 34, of Mexico, was sentenced yesterday to 121 months imprisonment and 60 months supervised release, by United States District Judge John M. Roll, in Tucson.

On June 1, 2005, the Drug Enforcement Administration arrested Campa after Border Patrol agents discovered 4,293 pounds of marijuana in the tractor-trailer the defendant was driving. The defendant had been stopped at a Border Patrol checkpoint on I-19 near Amado, Arizona. The truck contained pallets of tomatoes from the floor to the ceiling near the door of the truck, but behind the boxes of tomatoes agents discovered 183 bundles of marijuana valued between 2 and 3.4 million dollars.

When questioned by agents, the defendant claimed that he was working for a trucking company. Campa further stated that he had looked in the back of the trailer before driving the truck, but he claimed he did not see any marijuana and that he did not notice a difference in the handling of the truck with the extra 4,293 pounds of marijuana. The defendant stated that he intended to deliver the truck to an unknown address, which he purported to belong to a produce company in Phoenix, Arizona. Follow-up investigation revealed that the trucking company did not exist. Furthermore, when agents traced the Arizona Department of Transportation number listed on the truck, the search revealed that the identification number was registered to a church in South Carolina.

On June 8, 2005, the Grand Jury indicted Campa for Possession with Intent to Distribute approximately 1,951 kilograms of marijuana. On June 1, 2006 a jury found Campa guilty of the charge in the indictment.

The investigation in the case was conducted by the U.S. Border Patrol and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

The prosecution was handled by Celeste Corlett, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona.