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Illegal Alien from Mexico Pleads Guilty to Heroin Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Mississippi
Fentanyl Also Seized From Defendant, Enough to Kill 500,000 People

Gulfport, Miss. – An illegal alien from Mexico living in Georgia pled guilty today to trafficking in heroin, after he was caught with nine kilograms of heroin and one kilogram of fentanyl in Gulfport. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, one kilogram of fentanyl alone can kill up to half a million people.

Eder Ortega-Casarrubias, 25, pled guilty today before U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to possession with intent to distribute heroin, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Jere T. Miles with Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in New Orleans.

"Illegal fentanyl has become a weapon of mass destruction, and, as demonstrated by this case, is being pushed by those who have no respect for our laws or our borders. The amount of fentanyl seized here is enough to kill every man, woman and child in Mississippi’s six coastal counties. This is a new fight, and we are going to take that fight directly to the drug traffickers and illegal aliens until our borders are secure and our citizens are safe," said U.S. Attorney Hurst.

In November 2018, Ortega-Casarrubias negotiated with a confidential informant to deliver and sell heroin and fentanyl to the informant in Gulfport, Mississippi. On November 6, 2018, Ortega-Casarrubias and two co-defendants arrived in Gulfport with what they claimed was ten kilograms of heroin hidden in a compartment of their vehicle. All three were arrested shortly thereafter. The substance was eventually tested and found to be nine kilograms of heroin and one kilogram of fentanyl.

Ortega-Casarrubias will be sentenced on June 26, 2019, by Judge Ozerden, and faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $10,000,000 fine. Co-defendants Pablo Vega-Ontanon and Eric Estudillo-Carrazco are scheduled to go to trial on May 13, 2019.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Meynardie.

Updated March 20, 2019

Drug Trafficking