Woman admits to smuggling cocaine in car battery | USAO-SDTX

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 21-year-old Mexican national has admitted to possessing with the intent to distribute more than five pounds of cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

On Jan. 27, Alejandrina Quevedo-Hernandez attempted to enter the United States from Mexico through the vehicle lane at the Gateway International Port of Entry in Brownsville. Law enforcement noticed signs of tampering on the outside of the car and referred it to secondary for further inspection.

There, authorities searched her vehicle and discovered two aluminum-wrapped bricks of cocaine hidden inside the vehicle’s battery compartment.

The drugs weighed 5.2 pounds with an estimated street value of $65,000.

Sentencing has been set for Oct. 28 before U.S. District Judge Rolando Olvera. At that time, Quevedo-Hernandez faces a minimum of five years and up to life in federal prison and a possible $5 million maximum fine.

She has been and will remain in custody pending that hearing. 

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation with assistance of Customs and Border Protection. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nikki Piquette is prosecuting the case.

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