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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Laredo Couple Sentenced for Methamphetamine Conspiracy

LAREDO, Texas – A man and woman from Laredo have been ordered to prison following their convictions of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Roberto Rodriguez, 30, and his girlfriend Maria Del Carmen Sarabia, 33, pleaded guilty July 6 and Sept. 7, 2017, respectively.

Today, visiting U.S. District Judge Hilda G. Tagle found Rodriguez to be a leader, organizer or supervisor and ordered him to serve 121 months in prison, while Sarabia received a 70-month-term of imprisonment. They will serve three and two years of supervised release following their sentences, respectively.  

On Jan. 12, 2017, police officers conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle Rodriguez was driving. Sarabia was riding as a passenger. Inside the vehicle were methamphetamine crystals scattered on and around the driver’s seat after a failed attempt to toss the package out of  the window. Rodriguez was taken into custody. Following his arrest, authorities also searched their apartment which resulted in the discovery of a bag of methamphetamine which was packaged for distribution. 

Authorities later reviewed calls between Rodriguez and Sarabia which revealed discussions of distributing additional methamphetamine still hidden at their apartment. A subsequent search of the apartment resulted in the recovery of additional narcotics. Sarabia was then taken into custody and also charged in the conspiracy.

Law enforcement eventually recovered a total of 228 grams of methamphetamine between Jan. 12 and Jan. 19, 2017.

The couple have been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Laredo Police Department and the Webb County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney José Angel Moreno prosecuted the case.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated February 7, 2018