A Miami resident has been sentenced to 10 years and one month in federal prison on his conviction for smuggling about 44.5 pounds of cocaine through Utah.
U.S. District Judge David Sam also imposed a fine of $17,500 on David Wells Edgar, 35, who was born in Frankfurt, West Germany.On Nov. 30, 1988, the 1982 Cadillac that Edgar was driven was stopped at a routine roadblock on I-70 near Crescent Junction, Grand County. An officer testified that the Cadillac looked suspiciously clean and Edgar seemed nervous. The officer also testified that the scent of perfume or air freshener seemed overly strong.
Officers sought permission to examine the car's contents. When the trunk was opened, it seemed suspiciously small, as if there were a false bottom.
Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Richard Haycock said he could smell cocaine near the rear of the car. He crawled under and discovered 22 one-kilogram packages of cocaine.
Edgar was charged with possession of a controlled substance, fraud in connection with identity papers, making false statements and perjury. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard D. McKelvie.
Edgar pleaded guilty to the possession count and the other charges were dropped.