Drug running to fund a bingo habit saw an Arizona grandmother sentenced to three years’ prison on Friday.
Leticia Villareal-Garcia, 62, was also fined $150,000 after being convicted of carrying more than 200 pounds of marijuana while traveling from her Douglas home to a Tucson casino.
When the police, acting on a tip, stopped Villareal-Garcia’s car Feb. 12, 2005, they smelled the strong odor of fresh-cut marijuana, officials said, and found 214 pounds of it hidden in the trunk.
Villareal-Garcia insisted that she had no idea the drug was there.
At her trial in November in Cochise County Superior Court, she testified that her son’s long-lost godfather had shown up unannounced the day before her arrest and briefly borrowed her car.
Garcia said she often played bingo, occasionally winning several thousand dollars at a sitting, although her only regular income was a $275 monthly welfare check she received for caring for a granddaughter.