SAN FRANCISCO -- A man caught smuggling 17 pounds of methamphetamine and cocaine in three false-bottom suitcases at San Francisco International Airport was sentenced to 12½ years in prison, officials said Monday.

Pedro Daniel Rodriguez, 22, of Guadalajara, Mexico, was headed to Sydney, Australia, with the drugs when he was caught at SFO, according to U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag. He pleaded guilty in September to six felony charges.

Wednesday in federal court in San Francisco, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey S. White sentenced Rodriguez, who is a U.S. citizen, to 150 months in prison and five years of supervised release after he gets out, Haag said.

Rodriguez arrived at SFO on Dec. 29, 2011, on a Continental Airlines flight from Guadalajara, Mexico, and was bound for Australia. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers chose him for an extra search and then found 13 pounds of methamphetamine and four pounds of cocaine.

Contact Joshua Melvin at 650-348-4335. Follow him at Twitter.com/melvinreport.



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