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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Texas

Monday, June 24, 2013

Airport Employee Sent To Prison For Smuggling Heroin

HOUSTON - Rolin Eli Escober, 50, of Humble, has been ordered to prison for nine years following his conviction of possessing with intent to distribute heroin, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Escober pleaded guilty on Feb. 4, 2013.

Today, U.S. District Judge Vanessa D. Gilmore, who accepted the plea, ordered Escobar to federal prison for a total of 108 months.
Escober was charged along with Elidia Molina, 34, of Houston, with using their status as airport employees to circumvent airport security measures and to smuggle more than 1.2 kilograms of heroin and 13 kilograms of sham heroin on Oct. 19, 2012.

Escober and Molina were employees of Express Jet and DAL Global Services, respectively. Court records indicate they conspired together to use their positions as employees at the airport and their knowledge of security to circumvent airport security and smuggle items in exchange for pre-negotiated sums of cash from an undercover Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agent who they each believed to be a narcotics trafficker.

Escober was arrested after successfully smuggling the heroin around security and returning it to the waiting undercover agents near the boarding gate. 

He will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined ion the near future. 

Molina also pleaded guilty and is set for sentencing on July 26, 2013, before U.S. District Judge Gray H. Miller. She was permitted to remain on bond pending that hearing.

HSI investigated the case in conjunction with the Houston Police Department Narcotics Division, Transportation Security Administration Office of Law Enforcement and the Houston Airport System. Assistant United States Attorney Mark McIntyre is prosecuting.

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Updated April 30, 2015