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Two men who admitted sending crystal methamphetamine – hidden in a PlayStation gaming system and carried by a human courier traveling by Greyhound Bus – to Fort Lauderdale, were sentenced to federal prison on Tuesday.

Michael Vukcevic, 40, and Justin Uhlmansick, 37, both pleaded guilty earlier this year to possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. A third man, Marco Ceja-Moreno, 31, who also pleaded guilty to distributing drugs, is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 7.

Vukcevic was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison and Uhlmansick was sentenced to four years.

U.S. District Judge William Zloch and prosecutors said that Uhlmansick, an unemployed former oil rig worker who was homeless, was vulnerable and “preyed upon” by others who offered him $1,000 to carry the drug-filled gaming system in a backpack. He traveled by bus from California to Seattle, where he delivered some of the drug, and then on to Fort Lauderdale.

Prosecutors said a group of drug dealers had been shipping or mailing the drug but “incurred losses” when some of it failed to be delivered so they decided to use a human courier to make the cross-country deliveries by bus.


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