Cartel courier sentenced to 14 years in prison for transporting herion

TUCSON, Ariz. - A cartel courier has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for trying to transport thousands of heroin pills across southern Arizona. 

Sergio Ramon Chavez was arrested during a traffic stop in February 2017.

A DPS trooper attempted to stop Chavez near El Con Mall when Chavez jumped out of his car and started to run. 

The trooper searched the car and found a McDonald's bag containing 5,386 heroin pills worth $53,000.

Troopers found him hiding in the bushes of a nearby apartment complex. 

He told them the cartel was paying him $1,500 to pick up and deliver the drugs.

Chavez was found guilty of transportation of heroin for sale, illegally conducting an enterprise, and conspiracy to transport heroin for sale during a trial last month.

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