Nov. 16, 2009
WOMAN RECEIVES 14 YEARS FOR IMPORTATION OF METHAMPHETAMINE
(LAREDO, Texas) - Virginia Garcia, a U.S. citizen residing in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, has been sentenced to 14 years in the Bureau of Prisons for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. Garcia, 30, was arrested while attempting to import one kilogram of methamphetamine from Mexico into the United States.
Untied States District Judge Micaela Alvarez imposed the prison term at a hearing today and further ordered Garcia serve a three-year-term of supervised release following her release from prison.
On June 17, 2009, Garcia attempted to enter the United States via the pedestrian lane of the Gateway to America’s Bridge I in Laredo. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers discovered two bundles of methamphetamine sewed into the lining of the bottom of the defendant’s purse. A three-count indictment was later returned charging conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute and importation of methamphetamine. Garcia pleaded guilty to the possession with intent to distribute count on Aug. 4, 2009.
The investigation leading to the charges was conducted by CBP and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael C. Elliott.
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