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Undocumented Alien Gets Federal Prison for Trafficking Methamphetamine

Nov. 6, 2012

HOUSTON – Enrique Alvarez-Soria, 41, has been handed a 12-year-term of imprisonment for his role in two separate incidents of trafficking large-scale amounts of methamphetamine, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Alvarez-Soria, an undocumented alien from Mexico residing in the Houston area, pleaded guilty to both offenses on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. ‪

Today, U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal sentenced Alvarez-Soria to a total of 144 months in federal prison to be followed a two-year-term of supervised release. In handing down the sentence, Judge Rosenthal noted the highly dangerous nature of methamphetamine and the defendant's role in helping deliver it.

‪On the evening of Oct. 25, 2011, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents received information that a drug-laden Ford F-250 pickup truck was going to be driven from Mexico into the United States at Laredo. Alvarez-Soria admitted this truck was going to be loaded with liquid methamphetamine in one of its two fuel tanks and was to ultimately be driven to the Houston area where the methamphetamine would be unloaded. Agents in Laredo were able to intercept this Ford F-250 after it entered the United States on Oct. 26, 2011. ‪

The next day, agents facilitated the delivery of the drug-laden truck the vehicle to a ranch in Montgomery County, where it remained overnight. On Oct. 28, 2011, agents observed Alvarez-Soria arrive at the ranch, remove some red colored gas cans from the vehicle he was driving and siphon the liquid methamphetamine from the front fuel tank of the Ford F-250 and into the red gas cans. Subsequently, officers stopped him and discovered the liquid methamphetamine and suspected acetone, mixing trays, buckets and a pump which are used to separate the methamphetamine from the liquid. The total amount of the liquid containing methamphetamine which Alvarez-Soria removed from the Ford F-250 was approximately 52.99 liters, or 52,990 grams.

‪Alvarez-Soria also admitted in court that between Jan. 1 and Oct. 5, 2011, he conspired with other persons to distribute methamphetamine. On Aug. 25, 2011, one of those alleged co-conspirators arranged for Alvarez-Soria to deliver nine pounds of crystal methamphetamine to another person in San Antonio. On that date, Alvarez-Soria in fact delivered 3.99 kilograms (approximately nine pounds) of this methamphetamine to an undercover Texas Department of Public Safety agent which was later tested and found to be 82% pure. 

‪Alvarez-Soria has been in custody where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

‪This case is the result of an investigation led by the DEA with assistance from Homeland Security Investigations, Border Patrol, Customs and Border Protection, Texas Department of Public Safety and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Arthur R. Jones from the Southern District of Texas and Assistant United States Attorney David M. Shearer from the Western District of Texas. ‪

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