Los Angeles County man sentenced for hiding cocaine in a surfboard

LOS ANGELES >> Officials say a Los Angeles County man who attempted to smuggle nearly seven pounds of cocaine out of the country using a hollowed-out surfboard was sentenced to 5 years in federal prison.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Jesse Herrera was sentenced Monday following his arrest in February at Los Angeles International Airport.

Officials say Herrera was arrested after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers noticed irregularities in the surfboard he checked with his baggage on a flight destined for Sydney. Agency officials cut off the end of the surfboard and found four plastic packages filled with cocaine.

The 31-year-old pleaded guilty in May to one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Officials estimate the cocaine in Herrera’s possession would have sold for more than $750,000 in Australia.

  July 22, 2014  

Intoxicated/Impaired Driver

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Incident Report for Case #2014-233442

Incident Type

Intoxicated/Impaired Driver

Incident Date

07/21/2014 – 10:35 PM


USH 12 WB/Todd Dr (Westbound Hwy 12)


Jolynn A. Stenehjem; F/W; 44-years old
Charges: OMVWI Causing Injury


White Female; 19-years of age


Madison Police responded to a report of a pinned vehicle and four car crash on the beltline.  Upon arrival, Madison Fire Department extracted a driver and the Madison Police Department conducted the crash investigation.  Stenehjem and the driver of another vehicle were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Stenehjem was subsequently arrested for OMWVI causing injury.  The Madison Police Department would like to remind drivers to operate motor vehicles in a safe manner and to drive sober.   

Released 07/22/2014 at 1:14 AM by Sgt. Shannon Blackamore

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