LAREDO, Texas – Two men and one woman have been indicted
in three separate, but similar cases involving the importation of drugs into
the country via various ports of entry, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick
Benjamin Gil Aguilera, 57, Jose Ramos-Delgadillo, 32, and
Ariane Ramos-Piccone, 33, were each originally charged by criminal complaint.
Today, the grand jury returned the respective indictments against them. They are
expected to appear for an arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Samuel S.
Sheldon in the near future.
Aguilera is charged with conspiring with others to import
approximately 1.5 tons of marijuana, while Ramos-Delgadillo and Ramos-Piccone
allegedly imported 40 kilograms of methamphetamine and 53 kilograms of cocaine,
Benjamin Gil Aguilera is charged for his involvement in
the importation of 3,152 pounds (1,430 kilograms) of marijuana into the United
States. The charges against Aguilera allege he drove a semi-truck and trailer
combination through the World Trade Bridge Port of Entry in Laredo Aug. 1,
2019. During inspection, a canine unit allegedly alerted to the presence of
narcotics in the trailer of the vehicle. Authorities then observed anomalies
with the trailer doors, according to the charges. After looking inside the
trailer, the officers allegedly discovered tightly wrapped bundles containing
more than 1,400 kilograms of marijuana.
In the Ramos-Delgadillo case, the criminal complaint
alleges that on Aug. 4, 2019, he drove a Ford Escape and attempted to enter the
United States at the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge Number 2 in Laredo. There,
authorities allegedly discovered the tires of the vehicle contained 24 bundles
of methamphetamine, weighing a total of 39.58 kilograms.
Finally, on Aug, 3, 2019, Ramos-Piccone allegedly arrived
at the United States Border Patrol Check Point near Freer, driving a white
Chevrolet Traverse. The complaint against her alleges that at that time, an
inspection revealed anomalies within the seats of the vehicle. Authorities
conducted a search and soon found 45 bundles of cocaine with a total combined
weight of approximately 53 kilograms of cocaine, according to the charges.
If convicted, each faces up to life in prison and a
potential $10 million maximum fine.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security
Investigations conducted the Aguilar and Ramos-Delgadillo cases with the
assistance of Customs and Border Protection. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul A.
Harrison and Jennifer Day are prosecuting those respective cases.
Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the Ramos-Piccone investigation with
assistance from Border Patrol. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Scott Bowling is
prosecuting that case.