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

Thursday, June 27, 2013

McAllen Man Gets More Than 15 Years In Prison For Possessing Methamphetamine

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Rolando Reyna, 28, of McAllen, has been ordered to prison for nearly 16 years following his conviction for possession with intent to distribute approximately 29.76 kilograms of methamphetamine, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Reyna pleaded guilty April 10, 2013.

Today, U.S. District Judge Hayden Head, who accepted the guilty plea, handed Reyna a total sentence of 188 months. He was further ordered to serve a term of five years of supervised release following completion of the prison term.

Reyna was arrested on Nov. 18, 2012, at the United States Border Patrol checkpoint in Sarita after agents found 44 bundles of methamphetamine hidden in a concealed compartment in his pick-up truck.

At the plea hearing in April, Reyna admitted that he drove the methamphetamine into the United States from Guadalajara, Mexico, and that he intended to transport it to Atlanta, Ga. He also admitted he expected to be paid $10,000 upon successful delivery. DEA agents believe this is the largest single seizure of methamphetamine within the Corpus Christi division in the last five years.       

Reyna will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
This case is being investigated by the DEA and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sam Brown IV. 

Updated April 30, 2015