Laredo smuggler sentenced after conspiring to import nearly $2M in drugs | USAO-SDTX

LAREDO, Texas – A 59-year-old man from Laredo has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction for conspiring with others to import approximately 4.1 kilograms of heroin and 34.3 kilograms of cocaine from Mexico, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. 

Leonardo Rubio pleaded guilty July 8.

Today, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo ordered Rubio to serve a 72-month sentence to be immediately followed by four years of supervised release. In handing down the sentence, Judge Marmolejo noted Rubio’s prior drug convictions as well as the serious nature and amount of narcotics he attempted to smuggle in this case.

Rubio attempted to cross the border at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge in Laredo on Jan. 24. At that time, law enforcement conducted an inspection of the interior of Rubio’s car and found a total of 33 packages concealed within the back wall and back seat of the vehicle.

Thirty of the packages had an approximate weight of 34 kilograms and field tested positive for cocaine, while the remaining three totaled over four kilograms and tested positive for heroin.

The drugs had an approximate street value of $1.19 million.

Rubio admitted he was importing and transporting the narcotics inside his vehicle.

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 of Customs and Border Protection. Assistant U.S. Attorney Yoona Lim prosecuted the case.

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