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

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Methamphetamine Deals Lands Laredoan In Federal Prison

LAREDO, Texas - Carlos Mercado, 39, has been ordered to prison following his conviction for transportation with intent to distribute 2.7 kilograms of methamphetamine, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. A federal jury convicted the Laredo resident on April 8, 2104, following a two-day trial.
Today, Senior U.S. District Judge George Kazen handed Mercado a total sentence of 160 months in federal prison followed by a five-year-term of supervised release. At the hearing, Judge Kazen admonished the defendant that the people who suffer the most from these lengthy prison sentences are the defendants’ families.

During trial, the jury heard testimony that on April 11, 2012, Mercado left his South Laredo home and traveled to a Wal-Mart parking lot located on 2320 Bob Bullock Loop at Clark Boulevard where he met with an undercover agent to arrange for the transportation of 2.7 kilograms of methamphetamine to Dallas. Mercado handed the undercover agent a child’s backpack containing the methamphetamine, then followed him to a car wash where the agent concealed the drugs in a hidden compartment. Mercado followed the undercover agent up Interstate Highway 35 until making a U-turn one mile before the IH-35 Checkpoint.

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

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher S. Coker prosecuted the case.

Updated April 30, 2015