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Jul 11, 2013 2:46 PM

Truck Driver Given Stiff Sentence for Drug Smuggling Chase

CORPUS CHRISTI - A truck driver who fled the Falfurrias Border Patrol checkpoint while hauling 96 kilos of marijuana is headed to jail for more than 11 years.

According to prosecutors, Nelson Alanis-Alanis of Palmview ignored agents orders to pull his truck over for further inspection at the checkpoint back in March.

Instead the truck driver took off down Highway 281, trying to ram agents off the road during the entire chase that lead through the heart of Falfurrias.

Alanis-Alanis blew through a red light in town where he almost hit other cars, then smashed his way through a construction site. Prosecutors say the workers at the site had to run to avoid being hit by the big rig.

The defendant eventually jumped out of the truck cab, but left it running and in gear as he took off on foot towards and elementary school. A Border Patrol agent had to get behind the wheel to stop the truck. Agents were able to catch Alanis-Alanis near the school.

In April, he plead guilty to possession with intent to distribute marijuana. The judge gave him a 135 month sentence.

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