Meth couriers plead guilty |

Meth couriers plead guilty

Christina Proctor

Two Idaho men pleaded guilty this week to transporting a pound of methamphetamine. Johnny Hestand and Felix Hernandez were arrested in May after a California Highway Patrol officer pulled them over for not wearing seat belts

Investigators said the men traveled from Idaho to Sacramento and were returning with the drugs. After they were stopped on their way to Sacramento on U.S. Highway 80 by a Nevada Highway Patrol officer , the men decided to return using U.S. Highway 50. They were pulled over for the seat belts’ violation at Pioneer Trail.

Hestand was driving on a suspended license, and investigators said when Hernandez got out of the car to take the driver’s seat he started to act nervous. The officer did a pat down search and found an unloaded derringer in Hernandez’s pocket. The officer then searched the car and found the methamphetamine on the back seat underneath a jacket.

El Dorado County prosecutors said the men could be sentenced to up to four years in prison. Hernandez is also facing an extra year for carrying the gun.

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