On the evening of August 24, when Alejandro Estrada Aplesa was popped with three kilos of cocaine during a traffic stop, his life came to screeching halt. According to him, he didn’t know that the coke was in the car. Nevertheless, he was found guilty on two counts of drug trafficking last week, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Those convictions carry a maximum of 40 years in prison each.
On that fateful night, Aplesa was driving a Toyota on I-95 near St. Augustine in Florida, with a female passenger. He was pulled over for speeding by officers representing the St.John’s County Sheriff’s Office. It was discovered that neither of the vehicle’s occupants had valid licenses, and a K9 was summoned for a search. That’s when the three bundles of powder were discovered. The substance field tested positive for cocaine. The total weight came to 3.3 kilograms, which deputies estimated were worth $100,000 on the street.
“During the trial, Aplesa testified, denying that the cocaine had been his and asserted that he had been asked to run an errand, not knowing that the delivery of cocaine was involved,” said the Sheriff’s Office’s statement. “Aplesa claimed he had discovered the cocaine in the car only minutes before the traffic stop and that he had been returning to confront the man ultimately responsible for sending him on the delivery, but had been stopped by the police before he could do so.”
No sentencing date has been set yet for Aplesa’s drug trafficking conviction.