Mexican citizen admits to concealing drugs near vehicle console
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas
LAREDO, Texas – A 23-year-old man from Monterrey, Mexico, has pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute 6.15 kilograms of cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.
On Oct. 2, 2022, Luis Carlos Rodriguez-Elizondo attempted to drive through the Lincoln Juarez Port of Entry in Laredo. At that time, he told authorities he was visiting Six Flags and planned an overnight trip. However, he did not have luggage and did not have a believable travel itinerary.
An X-ray scan also revealed anomalies near the center console of his vehicle. Upon further inspection, law enforcement discovered several bundles containing cocaine.
The drugs had an estimated street value of $150,000.
U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo will impose sentencing April 11. At that time, Rodriguez0-Elizondo faces up to life in prison and a possible $10 million maximum fine.
Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Matthew Isaac and Michael Makens are prosecuting the case.
Updated January 5, 2023