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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ANGELA DODGE

Nov. 12, 2010

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MEXICAN CITIZEN FOUND GUILTY OF SMUGGLING 10 KILOS OF COCAINE

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – Gilberto Rivera-Razo, a Mexican citizen residing in Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico, has been convicted of conspiracy to possess 10 kilograms of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute 10 kilograms of cocaine, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today. The jury returned its verdicts in federal court in Brownsville after nearly three days of trial and approximately three hours of deliberation.

On April 21, 2010, Rivera-Razo, 26, attempted to smuggle 10 kilograms of cocaine through the Gateway International Port of Entry in Brownsville. After being questioned at primary inspection, Rivera-Razo was referred to secondary where officers conducted a K-9 examination. The K-9 alerted to the presence of a controlled substance near the rocker panels of the 1999 silver Chrysler Grand Voyager minivan where agents discovered a total of 16 bundles of cocaine located throughout the rocker panels on both the driver and passenger side.

Rivera-Razo, in custody since his April 2010 arrest, will remain in federal custody pending sentencing on Feb. 8, 2011, at which time he faces a minimum sentence of 10 years to a maximum of life imprisonment and a fine not to exceed $4 million.

This case was investigated by Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ana Cano and Joe Esquivel.

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