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Importer of Methamphetamine Sentenced to 45 Months in Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. –Emma Encinas-Obregon, 34, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, was sentenced last week by United States District Judge Raner C. Collins to 45 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Encinas-Obregon pleaded guilty to Importation of Methamphetamine. 

On October 19, 2022, Encinas-Obregon entered the United States from Mexico through the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, Arizona, in a 2011 Audi A4. Concealed inside the vehicle were 50 packages containing 23 kilograms of methamphetamines. Encinas-Obregon admitted to smuggling drugs into the United States on eight separate occasions since August 2022. Each time, after entering the United States, Encinas-Obregon would leave her car while shopping and members of a criminal organization would remove drugs from her vehicle. Encinas-Obregon was paid approximately $2,000 each time she smuggled drugs from Mexico into the United States.

Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant United States Attorney Evan N. Wesley, District of Arizona, Tucson, handled the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:           CR-22-02507-TUC-RCC
RELEASE NUMBER:    2023-130_Encinas-Obregon

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Zach J. Stoebe
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Updated September 1, 2023

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 2023-130_Encinas-Obregon