TUCSON, Ariz. - Authorities say a man who was convicted of drug trafficking in southern Arizona despite skipping his trial remains at large. A jury convicted Mario Sergio Dorame of transporting over 70 pounds (32 kilograms) of cocaine, conducting a criminal enterprise and conspiracy.
Dorame was driving on Interstate 10 in Pima County when he was pulled over for a traffic violation in November 2016. An Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper found the cocaine in a hidden compartment in Dorame's truck.
Dorame was arrested and released from Pima County Jail without bond. He showed up for pretrial hearings, but absconded before the jury trial started in September 2017.
Per the Arizona Attorney General's Office, "This is not the first time Dorame transported drugs in Arizona. In July 2012, Dorame was arrested for transporting 279 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle. He pleaded guilty in federal court and was sentenced to a short prison term. Additionally, in 2010, he was found guilty of Theft of Means of Transportation in Cochise County, AZ."
If you have any information regarding Dorame's whereabouts, call your local law enforcement agency.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.