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Non-Citizen Living in Texas Pleads Guilty to Methamphetamine Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Mississippi
Defendant Arrested on Interstate 10 with 5 Kilos of Pure Meth

Gulfport, Miss – Consuelo Azeneth Garcia Lopez, 39, of Laredo, Texas, pled guilty today before U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and DEA Special Agent in Charge Brad L. Byerley.

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 officer near mile marker 37. She informed the officer that she was tired, having driven all day, but could not give a location to which 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. He 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.

Garcia Lopez will be sentenced on July 30, 2019 by Judge Ozerden, and faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $10,000,000 fine.

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


Updated April 30, 2019

Drug Trafficking