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Mexican Citizen Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Methamphetamine Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Mississippi
Defendant Arrested on Interstate 10 in Gulfport with 5 Kilograms of Pure Methamphetamine

Gulfport, Miss. – Consuelo Azeneth Garcia Lopez, 39, a legal permanent resident in the United States from Mexico, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to 60 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release, for possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Brad L. Byerley, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Orleans Field Division.

On September 27, 2016, Garcia Lopez was traveling eastbound on Interstate 10 when she was pulled over for a traffic violation by a Gulfport Police Detective. She informed the officer that she was tired, having driven all day, but could not give a location to where she was traveling. Instead, she said she would be told where to go when she arrived in Alabama. The officer learned that Garcia Lopez had several border crossings into and out of Mexico. The officer asked and obtained consent to search the vehicle and located almost 5 kilograms of pure methamphetamine hidden in the vehicle.

Garcia Lopez was legally in the country but is not a U.S. citizen. She pled guilty on April 30, 2019 to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Gulfport Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Meynardie.

Updated July 31, 2019

Drug Trafficking