LAREDO, Texas - A 28-year-old resident of San Antonio has
been ordered to federal prison following her conviction of conspiracy to import
methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Ana Victoria Portillo pleaded guilty March 4, 2019.
Today, U.S. District Judge Diana Saldana imposed a
46-month sentence to be immediately followed by five years of supervised
On Nov. 20, 2018, Portillo entered the country from
Mexico through the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge Port of Entry driving a Mitsubishi passenger
car. Her two minor children were also present with her in the vehicle.
At the time he entered the inspection point, she
presented her American passport. Law enforcement searched the inside of her
trunk and saw a speaker box with signs of physical tampering. She was then
referred to secondary inspection.
There, authorities again noticed suspicious tool markings
indicative of tampering on a portable speaker box located inside the trunk of
her car. Portillo claimed ownership of the box and brought it to the x-ray
scanner to be examined.
After that examination, it tested positive for
methamphetamine. Inside the speaker, authorities found approximately 8.825
kilograms of methamphetamine with an estimated 97% purity known as ice.
She was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily
surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near
U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and
Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations conducted the
investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Francisco J. Rodriguez is prosecuting