CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 45-year-old Brownsville man has
been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of possession with the
intent to distribute more than a kilogram of methamphetamine and 15 kilograms
of marijuana, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Arturo David Aguilar pleaded guilty May 30, 2019.
Today, US. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos ordered
Aguilar to serve 120 months in prison to be immediately followed by
five years of supervised release. On supervised release for a previous
methamphetamine conviction, the court revoked the concurrently.
In handing down the sentence, the court noted Aguilar had
just been released from prison when he committed this new offense. On April 6, 2019,
Aguilar approached the Falfurrias checkpoint in a Greyhound bus traveling
northbound on Interstate Highway 281. The bus was referred to secondary
inspection where a K-9 alerted to a black suitcase that belonged to Aguilar.
The suitcase contained multiple bundles of methamphetamine and marijuana.
Authorities ultimately discovered a total of 15 kilograms
of marijuana and 1.28 kilograms of methamphetamine, respectively. The drugs
have an estimated street value of $100,000.
will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to
be determined in the near future.
Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation with the assistance
of BP. Assistant U.S. Attorney Neel Kapur is prosecuting the case