failed attempt to steal a cigarette truck has landed four Florida
men in prison, The Associated Press reported Sept. 17.
Sanchez of Hialeah, Fla., Lazaro Gomez, Juan Carlos Gomez and Lazaro
Rey, all of Miami, were all sentenced Monday to more than three
years in prison. The sentences were handed down in U.S. District
Court in Charleston, WV.
and Antonio Rodriguez, also of Hialeah, FL, pleaded guilty Jan.
14 before U.S. District Judge Charles H. Haden II to charges related
to the theft of the tractor-trailer, which was laden with $1.8 million
worth of cigarettes, TheGainesville Sun reported in January. The AP said Rodriguez was still awaiting trial after Haden
rejected his guilty plea.
five men were accused of trailing a semi loaded with 42,000 pounds
of cigarettes from Huntersville, NC, to a rest area on the West
Virginia Turnpike outside of Charleston Sept. 9, 2002.
the truck driver went into the service plaza, police allege that
Rodriguez and Sanchez broke into the rig and hot-wired the ignition,
according to TheSun. The men then allegedly drove north while
the others followed them in a van.
Virginia State Police located the truck a short time later. Rodriguez
and Sanchez were apprehended after a short foot pursuit.
five were charged with conspiracy to steal goods moving as an interstate
shipment of freight and theft of an interstate shipment, The