Dana Point Harbor Marijuana Smuggler Sentenced in Federal Court
On July 9, 2011, David Rex Wilterding and his son Justin arrived in Dana Point Harbor on a 23-foot boat from Mexico and won unwanted attention by acting suspiciously.
Two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in the area noticed the men loitering near a boat ramp, confronted them and searched the boat.
They found 495 pounds of packaged marijuana, according to federal court records.
The ICE agents also confronted Armando Naranjo-Larios at the Chevy pickup truck with a trailer that was there to retrieve the boat.
That search produced $5,900 in cash and four cell phones, according to federal court records.
The three arrested individuals eventually pleaded guilty.
This week, U.S. District Judge David O. Carter sentenced Naranjo-Larios--a 40-year-old father of four kids and a resident of Ensenada, Mexico--to a prison term of 37 months plus four years of supervised probation after he's released from custody.
Laguna Niguel's Justin Warren Wilterding, 34, is scheduled to be sentenced on July 9. His 57-year-old dad, a resident of San Ysidro, learns his fate seven days earlier.
Without explanation, prosecutors dismissed charges against a fourth man arrested at the harbor, Octavio Ruiz-Toledo.
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