Term in heroin case is 10 years

July 26, 2008

A Florida man was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison for driving nearly $4 million worth of heroin through Maryland, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office said.

Jose Gomez, 42, of Orlando was stopped Feb. 5 on Interstate 95 in Harford County for speeding and following a tractor-trailer too closely. Gomez appeared nervous and avoided eye contact with a Maryland state trooper, a release said. Gomez told the trooper he was traveling from Orlando to New York, and a police dog sniffed out 11.96 kilograms of heroin in a hidden compartment in the vehicle. The drugs had a street value of $4 million, according to the office of Rod J. Rosenstein.

Gomez, who was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr., will have five years of supervised release after he serves the term for possession with intent to distribute heroin.

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