CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A 37-year-old U.S. citizen who
was living in Mexico has been ordered to federal prison following his
conviction of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute more than 10
kilograms of heroin, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Jose Roberto Moya pleaded guilty Oct. 26, 2018.
Today, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos
determined Moya had a leadership role in the drug conspiracy and ordered him to
serve 144 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised
Moya is a medical doctor who operated a clinic in
Law enforcement stopped him June 6, 2018, for a traffic
violation just south of Alice as he was driving with two female passengers in
the vehicle. As the females exited the car, deputies noticed unusual bulges
beneath their clothing. A subsequent pat-down revealed nine bundles of heroin
with a total weight of more than 22 pounds strapped to their bodies. Both of
the females later plead guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to
Moya will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S.
Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the
investigation with the assistance of the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Office.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert D. Thorpe Jr. is prosecuting the case.