Man convicted of trying to smuggle cocaine through Fairbanks airport

Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Los Angeles man charged with trying to smuggle nearly 4.5 pounds of cocaine through Fairbanks International Airport in January has been found guilty in federal court.

Cornelius Tica, 22, was indicted in federal court on one count of cocaine possession with intent to distribute. He was found guilty of the charge in U.S. District Court in Anchorage on March 28. Sentencing is set for July 2.

Tica, 22, was arrested early in the morning of Jan. 12 after local statewide drug enforcement agents found two kilos of cocaine in his luggage, said Alaska State Trooper Sgt. J.R. Roberts.

Roberts said Tica allowed agents to search his luggage when he was ap-proached at the airport near the baggage claim. They found the cocaine inside his luggage in vacuum-sealed wrapping, Roberts said.

Roberts said local agents and airport police were working in conjunction with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency in Anchorage. The DEA passed along information that Tica could be bringing in the drugs on a nonstop flight from Seattle.

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