Meth Trafficker Gets Hefty Federal Sentence
|May 21, 2012|
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Fidel Elfego Boyso-Gutierrez, 53, of Houston, has been sentenced to 292 months for possession with intent to distribute approximately 4.26 kilograms of methamphetamine, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.
Gutierrez was indicted in November 2010 with one count of possession with intent to distribute approximately 4.26 kilograms of methamphetamine. In June 2011, United States District Judge John D. Rainey presided over the trial after which a federal jury delivered a guilty verdict.
During trial, the jury learned Gutierrez was the owner of a transportation company named AIguala Bus Company,@ located in Houston, that specialized in transporting items from Mexico to Houston for a small charge. Gutierrez owned several vehicles used for the transportation of goods and had several stores located in various Mexican states. On Oct. 30, 2010, Gutierrez entered the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint as a passenger in an AAmericanos@ passenger bus. A service canine alerted to a black bag in the luggage compartment on which a luggage tag was identified as belonging to Gutierrez. Agents asked Gutierrez to exit the bus for questioning and he told agents that he had purchased the bag in Morelos, Mexico. He also stated he was taking the bag to his home in Houston. Agents asked for and received consent to search the bag, at which time they located two bundles of methamphetamine sewn in the lining. The methamphetamine was determined to have a net weight of 3.878 kilograms and was 95.2 percent pure. Gutierrez denied any knowledge of the narcotics.
During sentencing, the court heard evidence that Gutierrez had been associated with alien, money, weapons and drug smuggling for many years. From March 1999 to April 2003, Gutierrez made attempts to smuggle thousands of dollars through the Roma, Texas, Port of entry and the Hidalgo Port of Entry. On April 28, 2010, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents at the Progreso Port of Entry intercepted a vehicle in which Gutierrez was a passenger. Agents found six packages of methamphetamine concealed in false bottoms of two ice chests. The methamphetamine had a total weight of 3.16 kilograms. On May 12, 2010, agents again intercepted the same vehicle and seized four packages with .383 kilograms of heroin hidden in a wooden box.
Boyso-Gutierrez has been in custody since his arrest where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The case was investigated by United States Border Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Hugo R. Martinez.