LAREDO, Texas – A 35-year-old resident of Pesqueria, Nuevo
Leon, Mexico, has entered a guilty plea to conspiracy and to importing
methamphetamine into the United States from Mexico, announced U.S. Attorney
Ryan K. Patrick.
Ricardo Muñoz-Vega admitted transporting methamphetamine
across the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge in Laredo. On Oct. 11, 2017, he crossed the
bridge in a pick-up truck and was referred to secondary inspection. There,
authorities discovered 29 bundles of narcotics in the vehicle’s wheels and
another two bundles in the rear tire compartment.
The methamphetamine had a net weight of 56.03 kilograms and
a purity of 98%.
Sentencing will be set before U.S. District Judge Diana
Saldaña at a later date. At that time, Muñoz-Vega faces a minimum of 10 years
and up to life in prison as well as possible $10 million fine.
Muñoz-Vega has been and will remain in custody pending that
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security
Investigations conducted the investigation with the assistance of Customs and
Border Protection. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Bukiewicz is prosecuting the