24-year-old U.S. Naval Academy student Juan D. Alonso was sentenced to nine years and 10 months in a military prison and a dishonorable discharge for his role in smuggling more than 150 pounds of marijuana.
Alonso was mentioned on Spark Report back in June when he was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection after trying to smuggle marijuana in a rented car at the San Ysidro port of entry near San Diego.
In addition to the charges of conspiracy to import and distribute marijuana, Alonso also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary and armed robbery and weapons charges.
According to court documents, Alonso had gone to Tijuana, Mexico, that day even though he didn’t have permission from his officer-in-charge to travel. Navy prosecutors said on June 5th, 5 days before his arrest, he broke into a home wielding a 12-gauge shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver and beat up a man before running off with two suitcases loaded with about 120 pounds of marijuana and money orders worth $12,000. Prosecutors said he sold about 120 pounds of the pot in or around Memphis, Tennessee shortly before his arrest.