Posted: Jul 19, 2012 8:43 PM by Associated Press
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - A former deliveryman for a Northern California seafood company who exchanged a load of fish for crack cocaine has been sentenced to drug treatment and probation.
Byron Duane Bates of South San Francisco previously pleaded no contest to felony auto theft as part of a deal with prosecutors, who agreed to drop two embezzlement charges. The San Mateo County Times reports (http://bit.ly/SKGwuH ) a San Mateo County Superior Court judge sentenced him Thursday to four years' probation and a year of drug treatment.
Police said 44-year-old Bates was meant to deliver a truckload worth $10,000 for the Newport Fish Company to the Sacramento area on Oct. 14.
The truck was found abandoned in Oakland four days later stinking of rotten fish, and Bates later admitted he traded it for $400 of crack.
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