Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Smuggling Cocaine

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) - A judge in Midland has ordered more than 12 years in federal prison for a self-described DJ convicted on cocaine smuggling charges.

Prosecutors Wednesday announced the 151-month sentence for 28-year-old Kenneth Watkins.

Watkins in August was convicted on both counts of a drug-related indictment involving conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Prosecutors say Watkins, known as "DJ Blaze and "DJ Hog Head Cheese," and 37-year-old Steven Alexander Aaron were stopped April 22 in Taylor County.

A search of a Range Rover, behind hauled by the men, turned up bricks of cocaine in a backpack. Prosecutors say Watkins hid the backpack, with $3 million in cocaine, in the Range Rover being transported from Phoenix to Atlanta.

Aaron, who was driving, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine. He must serve 188 months in prison.