Man Guilty Of Smuggling Christmas Wrapped Pot

Murrieta-Nieblas' Sentencing Scheduled For January

It took a Weld County jury just four hours to find a man guilty on two felony counts of possession of marijuana Wednesday.

Prosecutors said a state trooper found four large duffle bags in a truck driven by Ever Eleazar Murrieta-Nieblas, 37, of Tucson, Ariz., last December on Interstate 76.

Murrieta-Nieblas told the trooper the bed of his pickup was filled with Christmas presents, but when the trooper investigated, he found the duffle bags were filled with marijuana, some wrapped in Christmas paper, according to the Greeley Tribune.

Murrieta-Nieblas told the trooper he was driving the narcotics from Arizona to Fort Morgan where he was to leave the vehicle unlocked in a motel parking lot overnight so another party could unload the drugs for further distribution, prosecutors said.

The trooper found 275 pounds of marijuana in Murrieta-Nieblas truck, prosecutors said.

Murrieta-Nieblas faces eight to 48 years in prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 7.