Teen Sentenced For Role Transporting 100+ Pounds Of Pot
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A man who was caught helping transport 100 pounds of marijuana on Interstate 74 at the Indiana-Ohio state line has been sentenced.
Vincente Sanchez-Flores allegedly led police in Harrison on a high-speed chase up and down the interstate between New Haven Road and Dry Fork Road on October 16. He was eventually stopped and arrested. Police also discovered the massive amount of pot in his SUV.
Driving a second vehicle that was travelling with Sanchez-Flores was Christian Carlos Castro, 18. Both men are from the Chicago area. Unlike Sanchez-Flores, Indiana State Police said Castro did pull over for troopers when the stop was initiated.
According to a court affidavit, Castro informed police that he had been paid $500 to follow Sanchez-Flores from Chicago to Cincinnati, where the marijuana was to be delivered.
Castro appeared in Dearborn Superior Court I on April 3 after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors. He agreed to plead guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Dealing in Marijuana Over Ten Pounds (Class C felony). Another Class C felony charge was dismissed in exchange for his plea.
Judge Jon Cleary ordered Castro to serve one year and 25 days in the Southeast Regional Community Corrections road crew program, followed by six years on probation. Castro was given good time credit for 340 days served in jail before his sentencing.
The status of Sanchez-Flores’ case is not known.
So, transporting 100 lbs of pot gets you a year in jail and you get to work on the road crew, after a high speed chase. But if you are caught with an oxycodone tablet or two, and a small amount of cocaine, and have no record and do not resist arrest, you get 16 years, do ten and hope for house arrest or work release. I appreciate Judge Cleary's view and decision, but the other two judges in Dearborn suck.