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Nov. 5, 2012

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Brownsville Man Sent to Prison for Trafficking Cocaine

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Edmundo Antonio Monroy Rivera, 22, of Brownsville, has been sentenced to 70 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute nearly 10 kilograms of cocaine, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. 

Monroy Rivera pleaded guilty on July 30, 2012, at which time the government’s evidence indicated that on March 27, 2010, he was apprehended at the Brownsville and Matamoros Port of Entry while driving a Dodge Caravan. Monroy Rivera’s vehicle was referred to secondary inspection, at which time agents noticed recent tampering to the undercarriage of the van near the fuel tank. Officers then conducted an x-ray examination of the fuel tank and noticed anomalies.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers then removed the middle seat and located a trap door on top of the fuel tank and discovered eight bundles containing a white powdery substance which tested positive for cocaine.

The case was investigated by CBP officers and Homeland Security Investigations agents and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Elena Llanos-Salinas.