CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 35-year-old Edinburg man has
pleaded guilty to possessing with the intent to distribute more than 25
kilograms of methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
On July 7, 2019, Sarafin Rodriguez Pena drove a white Ford
Focus into the primary inspection area of the Border Patrol checkpoint near
Falfurrias. A careful search of the vehicle revealed bundles of methamphetamine
concealed within after-market speakers mounted in the car.
Laboratory analysis later confirmed the substance in the
bundles was methamphetamine.
The methamphetamine had a total weight of 25.5 kilograms
with a value of more than $1.7 million.
At a hearing today before U.S. Magistrate Judge B. Janice
Ellington, Pena admitted he had knowingly attempted to smuggle the narcotics
past the checkpoint.
U.S. District Judge David S. Morales will impose sentence
Nov. 26, 2019. At that time, Pena faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life in
prison as well as a possible $10 million maximum fine.
He has been and will remain in custody pending that
Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation with the assistance
of Border Patrol. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert D. Thorpe Jr. is prosecuting