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Mexican Truck Driver Admits to Smuggling Meth in Aloe Vera Bottles

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas

LAREDO, Texas – A 31-year-old Mexican National has entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to import methamphetamine, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez.


Sergio Aguilar-Hernandez conspired with others and imported methamphetamine from Mexico into Laredo on June 15, 2017. On that date, Aguilar-Hernandez arrived at the Columbia Solidary Bridge driving a 2007 Freightliner tractor. During a search of the vehicle authorities discovered 10.26 kilograms of liquid methamphetamine that was concealed in aloe vera bottles.


Sentencing will be set at a later date. At that time, Aguilar-Hernandez faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison as well as a possible $10 million maximum fine. He has been and will remain in custody pending that hearing.


Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and Customs and Border Protection conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney José Angel Moreno is prosecuting the case.

Updated August 31, 2017

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