LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Miami man who smuggled cocaine hidden inside phony Easter eggs has been sentenced in Los Angeles to three years in prison.

A federal judge said Thursday she was giving 23-year-old Esteban Galtes a break before handing down the sentence. U.S. District Judge Valerie Baker Fairbank said she took into consideration his “somewhat limited” role as a drug mule transporting drugs from Colombia into the United States, and noted that he had no prior criminal record.

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Galtes apologized to his family for all the shame he caused.

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He was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport in December after officers searched his luggage and found 10 pounds of cocaine, much of it camouflaged as egg-shaped candies that he claimed were for his children.

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