Two illegal immigrants will be thrown out of the country and face serving 10 years in prison if they ever sneak across the border again.
Jesus Ayala and Alberto Yanez entered guilty pleas before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to charges of possession of meth with intent to sell. They were given identical 270-day sentences to serve behind bars with another 10 years to be spent on probation. They are to be deported from the country once they complete their jail terms.
The federal Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) has placed a hold on both drug traffickers. The deportation means they face not only serving their entire 10-year sentences if they return to the United States from their native Mexico, but they could also get another five years for violating deportation laws.
The men were arrested this summer after sheriff’s deputy Ben Cannon clocked Ayala on Highway 70 traveling 80 mph. Cannon said he watched as the vehicle weaved and he then saw the passenger hurl a white grocery bag out the window.
The driver then pulled over for the deputy and admitted he did not have a license.
“While I was talking to the driver, I saw the passenger throw another object from the vehicle,” Cannon said. “We recovered a grocery bag which contained a bag with 56 grams of yellowish-white substance that field tested to be methamphetamine.”
Officers say the men were dealing the drug given the large amount they had, along with digital scales.