December 3, 2012 | 8:02am
Not intended for Meth deliveries
Henry Bustos grew up exceptionally poor in a small village in Michoacan, Mexico and sold candy and fruit on the roadside to help his family survive.
At the age of 16, Bustos entered the United States without government permission and worked at minimum wage for numerous Southern California construction companies.
Within two years, he married and had two children but wrecked himself with alcohol, and eventually landed in prison for three years on a drug conviction.
But instead of cleaning up his life when he got out of custody Bustos continued to associate with criminals.
In October 2010, when he was 44, he agreed to take a Volkswagen Beetle loaded with 3.7 kilograms of methamphetamine from a Target parking lot in Anaheim to an unknown location.
Bustos was unaware undercover narcotics agents were watching the parking lot--and specifically that vehicle because it had been dropped off by a major drug trafficker.
A more appropriate drug transport?
When federal officials declared they wanted to incarcerate him for 188 months, Bustos argued that the sentence was too harsh because his role as driver had been minor in the crime, and he promised he would permanently leave the United States.
He thought a term of no more than 120 months would be adequate punishment.
But on Nov. 28 inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse, U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter disagreed.
Carter gave him a term of 121 months--one extra month.
Bustos, 46, remains locked inside the Santa Ana Jail today and awaits transportation to a federal prison.