NEW: Accused Drug Smuggler Indicted
Prosecutors Say Truck Drive Had 70 Pounds Of Drugs
HARRISONBURG — A Rockingham County grand jury indicted a tractor-trailer driver accused of smuggling more than 70 pounds of cocaine and heroin.
George Henry Covarrubaiz, 38, whose home addresses are listed as Tijuana, Mexico, and Compton, Calif., was indicted Monday on two felony counts of transporting drugs into Virginia and two felony counts of drug manufacturing.
Following his indictment, he appeared in Rockingham County Circuit Court.
Judge Bruce Albertson scheduled a jury trial for the defendant on May 20.
On Feb. 3, a special agent with the Virginia State Police’s Criminal Interdiction Unit stopped Covarrubaiz’s tractor-trailer along northbound Interstate 81 in Rockingham County, just south of New Market, because of a bad light.
A police dog alerted the officer that drugs were located in the truck. Inside, police say they found roughly 48 pounds of cocaine and 22 pounds of heroin. Prosecutors say the drugs were found in the truck’s battery compartment.
Prosecutors say the defendant possessed a knife that had the markings of a Mexican drug cartel on it.
The defendant is being held without bond in the Rockingham County Jail.