LAREDO, Texas – A 41-year old
resident of Apodaca, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, has been ordered to prison for a conspiracy to import more than 10 kilograms of methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K.
Patrick. Sergio Aguilar-Hernandez pleaded guilty Aug. 31, 2017.
Today, visiting U.S. District
Judge Hilda G. Tagle ordered him to prison for 90 months. Not a U.S. citizen,
he is expected to face deportation proceedings following the sentence.
On June 15, 2017,
Aguilar-Hernandez arrived at the Columbia bridge driving a tractor trailer.
Inside the vehicle was a box of aloe vera drinks that were found to
contain approximately 10.26 kilograms of liquid methamphetamine.
had entered the country two days prior with the same box of aloe vera drinks,
but was unable to locate his contact in Laredo. He then continued to
Stafford to deliver a legitimate load, picked up a new one in Victoria and
returned to Mexico.
entered again on June 15 in a second attempt to meet his contact, but was
apprehended at the bridge prior to delivering the methamphetamine.
has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of
Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and Customs and Border
Protection conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jose Angel
Moreno prosecuted the case.