Texas resident sentenced for importing meth and cocaine at port of entry | USAO-SDTX

LAREDO, Texas – A 34-year-old legal permanent resident of Port Arthur has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a large amount of narcotics, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

Luis Jesus Hernandez Sanchez pleaded guilty March 2, admitting he knew there were narcotics in his vehicle and how he expected to be paid money for transporting them. 

Today, U.S. District Judge Diana Saldana ordered Sanchez to serve a 57-month sentence. As a legal permanent resident, he could lose his status and possibly face removal proceedings following his sentence.

On Nov. 18, 2019, Sanchez attempted entry into the United States via the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge 2 in Laredo driving a Ford Crown Victoria. He presented his lawful permanent resident alien card, but gave inconsistent information with what authorities had found regarding the vehicle’s itinerary.

He was sent to secondary inspection where a K-9 alerted to the presence of concealed narcotics. An X-ray examination also showed an anomaly in the trunk. Authorities ultimately found cocaine and meth weighing approximately 13.88 kilograms and 10.84 kilograms, respectively.

He has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation with assistance from Customs and Border Protection. Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony J. Evans prosecuted the case.

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