Mexican National Sentenced for Trafficking Methamphetamine
McALLEN, Texas – Manuel Ivan Reina-Ruiz, of Sonora, Mexico, has been sentenced to 78 months imprisonment for importing methamphetamine into the United States from Mexico, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.
At the time of his guilty plea, he admitted that on Jan. 16, 2016, he had driven a vehicle from Mexico into the United States through the Progreso port of entry, knowing the vehicle contained a controlled substance. Upon inspection, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers discovered methamphetamine hidden within the quarter panels and all four tires of the vehicle. Agents seized numerous bricks of the drug weighing approximately 62 kilograms.
Reina has been in custody without bond since his arrest in January 2016, where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and CBP. Assistant U.S. Attorney Linda Requénez prosecuted the case.