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July 27, 2010

JURY CONVICTS MEXICAN NATIONAL OF IMPORTING POTENT FORM OF METHAMPHETAMINE

(HOUSTON, Texas) – A federal jury has convicted a 60-year-old Mexican national for smuggling more than four kilograms of “Ice”, a potently pure form of methamphetamine, into the United States through Bush Intercontinental Airport, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.

Following a two-day trial, the jury returned its verdicts this afternoon finding Eugenio Osorio-Marroquin, 60, guilty of both counts of a superseding indictment -- possession with intent to distribute and importation of a controlled substance -- from Mexico into the United States. United States District Judge Keith P. Ellison, who presided over the trial, has set sentencing for Oct. 21, 2010, at 10:30 a.m.  Osorio-Marroquin faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years incarceration with a maximum of life imprisonment, and a minimum term of supervised release of five years. In custody without bond since his November 24, 2009 arrest following the seizure of the methamphetamine, Osorio-Marroquin will remain in custody pending sentencing.

During the two-day trial, witness testimony detailed the events leading to Osorio-Marroquin arrest.  Osorio-Marroquin flew to Mexico from Washington State. Days later, on November 24, Osorio-Marroquin returned to the United States, landing at Bush Intercontinental Airport, bound for Minnesota.  Because Osorio-Marroquin was temporarily detained in Passport Control, he was unable to pick up a suitcase and a cardboard box which he had checked into baggage in Mexico. When these items were not picked up, Customs and Border Protection authorities, per their standard practices, X-rayed Osorio-Marroquin’s checked items. The X-ray revealed that the cardboard box housed a wooden basket with abnormalities that were readily apparent to the screener. This basket was subsequently probed by officials resulting in the discovery of the 99% pure form of methamphetamine known as “Ice”.

The investigation leading to the charges was conducted by Customs and Border Protection; Homeland Security Investigations and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Shelley J. Hicks and Suzanne Elmilady prosecuted this case.

 

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