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Man gets 5 years of supervision for transporting nearly $1 million worth of cocaine into Riverside County

MURRIETA — One of two men caught bringing nearly $1 million worth of cocaine into Riverside County was sentenced Monday to five years of mandatory supervision.
Ivan Ramos Diaz, 31, pleaded guilty last month to transportation of controlled substances for sale and a sentence-enhancing allegation of being in possession of more than four kilograms of cocaine. In exchange for his admissions, the District Attorney’s Office dropped a charge of possession of controlled substances for sale with related enhancements.
A Superior Court judge certified the terms of the plea agreement and imposed the sentence stipulated by the prosecution and defense. Mandatory supervision, considered a more stringent form of probation, is utilized in lieu of jail or prison, mainly to conserve correctional space.
On Feb. 26, Diaz’s co-defendant, 30-year-old Mauro Ramon Torrez-Felix, pleaded guilty to the same charges and received the same sentence.
The two men were in a 1999 Chevrolet Malibu that was northbound on Interstate 15 shortly before 4 p.m. last Sept. 28 when they were directed to pull over at a freeway checkpoint approaching Temecula, according to the U.S. Border Patrol.
Suspecting the vehicle might be loaded with contraband, agents deployed a K9 team to search the four-door sedan, and the dog immediately sniffed out the drugs, prompting a manual search of the front wheel wells and bumper. The agency reported that 32 bundles of cocaine weighing 76 pounds — with a total estimated street value of $987,454 — were seized from the concealed spaces, and Diaz and Torrez-Felix were taken into custody without a struggle.
Neither defendant has prior documented felony convictions in Riverside County.

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