ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A former Freeport man will be spending the next 6 and a half years in prison on a federal drug trafficking charge over 20 years old.
61-year-old Roberto Alvarado was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release. Then at the end of his prison term, Alvarado will need to surrender to immigration officials for deportation back to Mexico.
Alvarado was arrested in December 1989 in Rock Falls for trying to possess and later sell 1,414 grams of cocaine. He was released on a $20,000 bond in December 1989 but failed to appear for a court appearance in September 1990. 23 years later, Alvarado was a passenger in a car that was stopped by a Montana State Trooper for speeding. The trooper was able to identify Alvarado as being wanted by the FBI and he was taken into custody.