BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 26-year-old Brownsville woman has
been ordered to federal prison after she admitted to possession with the intent
to distribute more than 17 kilograms of cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan
Micxi Rueda pleaded guilty Sept. 3.
Today, U.S. District Judge Rolando Olvera sentenced her
to 36 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by three years of supervised
release. In handing down the sentence, the court noted her age and lack of
On May 18, Rueda attempted to enter the United States
through the vehicle lanes at the Brownsville & Matamoros International
Bridge. An alert for Rueda and her vehicle led to a secondary inspection,
where a scan revealed an anomaly located in the vehicle’s passenger-side
quarter panel. Authorities extracted 15 packages of cocaine, weighing
17.74 kilograms with an estimated street value of $355,000.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security
Investigations conducted the investigation with the assistance of Customs and
Border Protection. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nikki Piquette is prosecuting the