Office of the United States Attorney, Ann Birmingham Scheel
District of Arizona
January 11, 2012
LAS VEGAS WOMAN SENTENCED TO TEN YEARS FOR IMPORTING OVER $2 MILLION IN COCAINE
PHOENIX, Ariz. – On Monday, January 9, 2012, Darnelld Rebeca Colman, 28, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Stephen M. McNamee to 120 months of imprisonment to be followed by a term of supervised release of five years. On October 27, 2011, Colman was found guilty by a federal jury of Importation of Cocaine and Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine.
The evidence at trial showed that Colman drove her car from Mexico through the San Luis Port of Entry. Colman’s car had more than 20 kilograms of cocaine, with a street value of over $2 million, hidden in a secret compartment in the roof. Colman testified at trial that she did not know the cocaine was in her car.
The investigation in this case was conducted by Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The prosecution was handled by Sarah DeJong, Special Assistant United States Attorney, and Robert K. Lu, Assistant United States Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.
CASE NUMBER: CR-11-414-PHX-SMM
RELEASE NUMBER: 2012-005(Colman)
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