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Jan. 28, 2011

DALLAS RESIDENT SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR TRAFFICKING ILLICIT DRUGS

(LAREDO, Texas) –  A permanent legal resident from Dallas, Texas, will be spending the next 11 years and several months in federal prison without parole for trafficking heroin and cocaine, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.

Dora Maria Flores-Quintana, 45, convicted in November 2010 of possessing with intent to distribute more than a kilogram of heroin, was sentenced on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, to 135 months in federal prison without parole by visiting U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen.

Flores-Quintana, a citizen of Mexico and resident alien in Dallas, pleaded guilty in November of last year. At her re-arraignment hearing, Flores-Quintana admitted that she was being paid $100 in Mexico and was to be paid another $1000 on arrival back in Dallas to transport the two bundles of narcotics found in the liner of her luggage located in the trunk of the taxi in which she road as a passenger. The narcotics were found by a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer after she arrived via taxi during the early morning hours of Sept. 23, 2010, at the Gateway to the Americas Bridge Port of Entry in Laredo seeking entry into the United States. Flores-Quintana had previously made the same admission to Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) agents following the discovery of the contraband. The two bundles contained more than four pounds of heroin and more than two pounds of methamphetamine. Today, the court considered the total weight of the controlled substances in deciding upon and handing down the sentence. 

Flores-Quintana has been in custody since her arrest and will remain in custody pending transfer to a Bureau of Prisons facility where she will serve out her sentence. Upon completion of the sentence the court has ordered Flores-Quintana to serve a five-year-term of supervised release.

The investigation leading to the indictment and conviction was conducted by CBP officers and ICE-HSI special agents. Assistant United States Attorney Frank T. Pimentel prosecuted the case.

 

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