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Two Men Sentenced in $2.3 Million Cocaine Bust

HESPERIA-(VVNG.com): Two men were sentenced last week for a 2014 arrest in Hesperia for possession of about $2.3 million of cocaine. The men, identified as 41-year-old San Fernando resident, Edward Sandoval and 43-year-old Quebec, Canada resident, Dave LeBlanc were caught in the parking lot of the Motel 6 located on the 9700 block of Cataba Road on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

According to the 2014 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s press release a Hesperia station deputy saw two trucks near the parking lot of the model at 10:20 p.m. The deputy noticed circumstances, which he found suspicious and made contact with Sandoval who was in the cargo area of the box truck. The deputy immediately was able to locate 27 kilos of cocaine.

During the time the deputy was making contact with Sandoval, Leblanc attempted to quietly, but quickly leave the tractor-trailer that was parked in front of the box truck. He was later found in his motel room and with the assistance of a K-9 officer, deputies were able to locate 80 more kilos of cocaine in the tractor-trailer.

On March 14, 2014 both men were booked into the High Desert Detention Center, both denied all charges at their arraignment hearings. On January 5, 2016 the two men changed their not guilty plea to no contest as part of a plea bargain.

Sandoval was convicted of possession of narcotics for the purpose of sale and keeping a place to sell a controlled substance and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. He was credited for time served as well as conduct credit for a total of about 3 ½ years. He was transferred to Chino State Prison to serve the remainder of his sentence.

LeBlanc was convicted of possession or narcotics for the purpose of sale and was sentenced to 9 years in county jail. He was credited for 3 ½ years time served, which includes conduct credit.

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