LAREDO, Texas - Two men who resided in Nuevo Laredo,
Tamaulipas, Mexico, have been ordered to
federal prison following their convictions of conspiracy to import
methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Jesus Francisco
Perez-Lumbreras, 36, and Gerardo Cervantes-Valenzuela, 27, pleaded guilty Jan.
Today, U.S. District Judge Diana Saldaña imposed a
120-month-term upon Cervantes-Valenzuela while Perez-Lumbreras was ordered to
serve 57 months in federal prison. Not U.S. citizens, both are expected to face
deportation proceedings following their sentences.
At the hearing, the court noted Cervantes-Valenzuela was
to blame for Perez-Lumbreras' involvement in the offense.
On Nov. 26, 2018, Perez-Lumbreras and
Cervantes-Valenzuela attempted to enter the United States from Mexico at the
World Trade International Bridge in Laredo driving different vehicles
approximately 40 minutes apart.
Perez-Lumbreras was referred to secondary inspection, at
which time he became panicked and called Cervantes Valenzuela to try to remove
drugs from his vehicle. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers stopped
him as he exited his vehicle, at which time he claimed he was just attempting
to remove some water from his friend's vehicle.
Officers ultimately discovered large speaker boxes in
both vehicles which contained a total of approximately 8.22 kilograms of
high-purity methamphetamine (ice).
During questioning, both men admitted to having knowingly
agreed with other persons in Mexico to import methamphetamine into the United
States. Perez-Lumbreras claimed Cervantes-Valenzuela had promised him $40,000
Mexican pesos to smuggle the drugs from Mexico into the United States.
Cervantes-Valenzuela similarly admitted to having
Both men have been and will remain in custody pending
transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near
CBP and Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland
Security Investigations conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney
Francisco J. Rodriguez is prosecuting the case.