LAREDO, Texas – A 28-year-old Mexican citizen has entered
a guilty plea to conspiring to import more than 16 kilograms of cocaine into
the United States, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
On Sept. 3, Jose Antonio Garza Gutierrez attempted entry
into the United States at the World Trade Bridge Port of Entry in Laredo
driving a semi-truck and trailer. During inspection, authorities observed an
unusual compartment hidden within the sleeper area of the truck. They conducted
a search and found 14 tightly-wrapped bundles of cocaine weighing more than
The cocaine has an estimated street value of nearly
District Judge Marina Garcia-Marmolejo will impose sentencing March 18, 2020.
At that time, Garza Gutierrez faces up to life in federal prison and a possible
$10 million maximum fine.
has been and will remain in custody pending that hearing.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security
Investigations conducted the investigation with the assistance of Customs and
Border Protection. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul A. Harrison is prosecuting the