HOUSTON - A Mexican national and a U.S. citizen have been
ordered to federal prison following their convictions of conspiracy for
attempting to commit the kidnapping of a Houston man, announced U.S. Attorney
Ryan K. Patrick. Julio Cesar Garcia-Longoria, a 42-year-old Mexican National
from Nuevo Laredo, and Iraida Griselda Hernandez, 42, of Houston, pleaded
guilty Oct. 12, 2018.
Today, U.S. District Judge David Hittner imposed a
175-month sentence for Garcia-Longoria, while Hernandez was ordered to serve
135 months to be followed by five years of supervised release. Not a U.S.
citizen, Garcia-Longoria is expected to face deportation proceedings following
Hernandez was also charged in an unrelated federal drug
trafficking conspiracy involving the delivery of 7.5 kilograms of cocaine. She
was also sentenced in that case today to another 135 months which was ordered
to run concurrently.
Between Jan. 10-18, 2018, Garcia-Longoria enlisted the
assistance of Hernandez in Houston to have a Houston man kidnaped in an effort
to recoup a drug trafficking debt of up to $1.7 million. Authorities were
alerted to the plot which he had participating in via cell phone from
Hernandez gathered biographical information on the
Houston man and identified his residence. Law enforcement contacted him and
enlisted his assistance to thwart the plot. The victim agreed to pose for
photos, appearing bound, which were then sent to Hernandez and Garcia-Longoria.
The defendants made it clear the intended victim owed
money to a drug cartel in Mexico and efforts should be made to extort money
from the victim's family. Garcia-Longoria stated that the victim should be
killed if he tried to get away. He agreed to pay a total of between $8,000 and
$10,000 for the job.
Both will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S.
Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
and the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation. Assistant
U.S. Attorney Edward Gallagher is prosecuting the case.