updated 3/21/2007 4:06:21 AM ET 2007-03-21T08:06:21

An 82-year-old man who was caught trying to smuggle 170 pounds of cocaine into the country from Mexico has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, the U.S. attorney's office announced Tuesday.

Oseas Mendoza-Cecena of Nogales pleaded guilty in federal court to possession with intent to distribute cocaine in January.

He was caught trying to drive his car through the Nogales border crossing in August. Customs inspectors found 79 kilograms of cocaine hidden in the car, and Mendoza-Cecena admitted to agents that he was being paid to deliver the drugs.

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