LAREDO, Texas – A 31-year-old Mexican man is set to
appear in federal court following charges of importing 22 kilograms of
methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Oscar Emmanuel Villegas-Ipina was originally charged by
criminal complaint July 31, 2019. A federal grand jury returned the two-count
indictment Aug. 27, 2019, alleging conspiracy to import and importing
methamphetamine into the United States.
Today, he is set to appear for his arraignment before
U.S. Magistrate Judge Sam Sheldon at 1:00 p.m.
According to the charges, Villegas-Ipina approached the
Lincoln Juarez Port of Entry in Laredo July 29, 2019, driving a 2008 Toyota
Sienna with his wife and two children. He was sent to secondary examination
where a positive K-9 alert and x-ray examination allegedly revealed anomalies
within the backrest of the front and rear seats. A search of the seats resulted
in a discovery of 21 bundles of methamphetamine weighing approximately 22.48
kilograms, according to the allegations.
If convicted, he faces a minimum of 10 years and up to
life in prison and a possible $10 million maximum fine.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security
Investigations conducted the investigation with assistance from Customs and
Border Protection. Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Garrie Brown is prosecuting