McALLEN, Texas - A 40-year-old Mission man has been
charged with importing oxycodone into the United States from Mexico, announced
U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Jose Luis Guerra Jr., was originally charged by criminal
complaint June 7, 2019, after being apprehended as he attempted to cross the
border from Mexico at the Progreso Port of Entry. Today, a federal grand jury
returned the four-count indictment charging him with conspiracy, importing and
possessing with intent to distribute Oxycodone. He is expected to appear for
his arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ormsby July 11, 2019.
Guerra allegedly attempted to enter the United States at
the Progreso Port of Entry June 7, 2019, by foot. The complaint alleges he had
numerous cookie boxes in his possession. Authorities searched the boxes and
located approximately 3,000 oxycodone pills, totaling approximately 612 grams.
If convicted, Guerra faces up to 20 years prison and a
possible $1 million maximum fine.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security
Investigations conducted the investigation with assistance from Customs and
Border Protection. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Steven Belt and Michael Mitchell
are prosecuting the case.
An indictment or criminal complaint is a formal
accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through
due process of law.