CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 28-year-old Hidalgo drug
smuggler has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of
possession with the intent to distribute nearly two kilograms of cocaine,
announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Josue Rivera pleaded guilty May 30,
Today, U.S. Senior District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos
ordered Rivera to serve 60 months in prison to be immediately followed by four
years of supervised release.
On Feb. 18, 2019, Rivera drove his vehicle into the
primary inspection area of the Border Patrol (BP) checkpoint in Falfurrias.
Immediately thereafter, a service K-9 alerted to the vehicle by pulling hard
towards its direction.
Upon questioning, Rivera claimed to be on his
way to work in the oil field. However, authorities noticed he actually did not
have any work equipment with him.
They searched the vehicle and discovered 1.95
kilograms of cocaine wrapped in two bundles hidden inside the door of the
vehicle. They immediately arrested him.
The estimated street value of the drugs was $179,200.
has been on bond and was ordered to surrender himself to the U.S. Marshal
Service on a date to be determined in the near future for transfer to a
U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility.
The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the
investigation with the assistance of BP. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Dunn is
prosecuting the case.