Drug Smuggler Given 22-Year Prison Sentence

A Corpus Christi man was sentenced to nearly 22 years in federal prison on drug smuggling charges.

Julio Alberto Chapa, 40, was sentenced Thursday in federal court on charges of conspiracy to smuggle marijuana. Authorities said that back in March, Chapa attempted to use fishing boats to transport drugs from Mexico to our local beaches, where Chapa and vehicles would be waiting.

Authorities said while Chapa was the ringleader, others were arrested and face similar charges.


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