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Navy midshipman sentenced for drug smuggling

September 30, 2009 |  8:44 am

A 24-year-old Navy midshipman was sentenced Tuesday to 118 months in prison and a dishonorable discharge after pleading guilty to conspiracy to import and distribute drugs.

Juan D. Alonso was arrested June 10 while trying to smuggle 150 pounds of marijuana into the United States through the San Ysidro border crossing. Alonso, a former enlisted sailor, pleaded guilty at a court-martial in San Diego.

A third-year student at the Naval Academy, he was in San Diego for summer training when he was arrested.

-- Tony Perry

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