Relatively short jail sentences have been imposed for two Fall River, Massachusetts residents accused of hauling 15 kilograms of cocaine into Mohave County. The drugs were found mixed in a commercial truck load of strawberries during an April, 2014 inspection at the Interstate 40 weigh station about 60 miles west of Kingman.
Bryan Dozois, 50, was driving and Diego Salazar, 29, was in the sleeper when the big rig owned by Salazar’s trucking company rolled into the station.
Defense attorneys argued that the state couldn’t prove that Dozois and Salazar knew the drugs were mixed in the load of strawberries during a March trial that ended in a hung jury. Both men were convicted of the reduced charge of attempted transportation of narcotics in subsequent, separate plea agreements that resolved their cases and spared them from any possible prison time.
Salazar was placed on probation and given a 90 day jail sentence in June. Dozois was placed on probation and given 45 days in jail when he was sentenced during a September 28 hearing.
Dozois attorney Shawn Hamp said his client maintains his innocence and regrets accepting Salazar’s offer to drive for pay when he was out of work.
“I’ve never been in trouble my whole life and it’s never going to happen again,” Dozois told Mohave County Superior Court Judge Steve Conn at sentencing. Conn imposed the lesser jail sentence for Dozois saying that he considered that Dozois was driving was less legally significant than the fact that the truck was owned by Salazar.