An Arizona couple has been sentenced to at least 10 years in prison each for leading a $3 million marijuana smuggling plot. 59-year-old Jose Valenzuela and his wife, 56-year-old Beatriz Valenzuela, both of Nogales, were sentenced to eleven years and ten years respectively on Monday in federal court in Greenbelt.
The couple was also ordered to forfeit $970,000 in cash and $1.2 million in bank accounts. According to their guilty plea, the Valenzuelas used a shipping business they owned to ship marijuana from Arizona to Maryland. After an investigation, law officers raided the Valenzuelas' home and businesses and seized cash and more than 750-pounds of marijuana.