CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A 42-year-old Houston woman has
been sentenced in Corpus Christi federal court following her conviction of
possessing with the intent to distribute approximately 10 pounds of heroin,
announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. A federal jury convicted Marlo Denise
Young Feb. 6, 2019, following two days of trial and approximately 20 minutes of deliberations.
Today, Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack
handed Young a 168-month sentence to be immediately followed by five years of
supervised release. At the hearing, additional evidence was offered that
demonstrated Young lied under oath and detailed how she attempted to obstruct
justice by having a family member remotely delete text messages and map data
from her cell phone.
On Oct. 30, 2018, law enforcement conducted a traffic
stop on Young near Kingsville. At that time, officers found more than $4,800 in
cash, hydroponic marijuana and approximately 4.7 kilograms of heroin. The
heroin was concealed inside Young's car battery and valued at approximately
Young claimed she was a licensed physical therapist in
the Houston area. However, the evidence showed she was actually an unlicensed
masseuse who provided massages to people in their hotels and homes.
At trial, Young denied knowingly transporting the
narcotics, claiming instead that she was taking a trip to the valley with a
friend who was moving.
However, federal agents testified about their
investigation which revealed the Young was traveling alone, had made another
trip to the valley the previous day and that she had fabricated the story she
told law enforcement officers.
Young also attempted to obstruct justice and impede the
investigation after her arrest. While in custody, she instructed an individual
to remotely log into her phone account and delete specific text messages from
her phone, which was in law enforcement's possession. Young also directed this
individual to delete travel information from the navigation application on her
phone, which might have allowed authorities to retrace her route.
Young will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S.
Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security
Investigations and the South Texas Specialized Crimes and Narcotics Task Force
conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeremy C. Fugate and
Robert D. Thorpe are prosecuting the case.