LAREDO, Texas – A
27-year old resident of Norcross, Georgia, has entered a guilty plea for
conspiracy and importation of nearly 40 kilograms of methamphetamine, announced
U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
On June 6, 2019, Vanessa Urzua attempted entry into the
United States at the Lincoln Juarez Bridge #2 in Laredo driving a Ford
Explorer. During a secondary inspection, authorities conducted an x-ray
examination and soon discovered anomalies in all four tires of the vehicle.
Further inspection of the tires revealed non-factory
compartments in the tires containing a crystalline substance, which
field-tested positive for methamphetamine with a total weight of 39.2
U.S. District Judge Diana Saldaña will impose sentencing
at a later date. At that time, Urzua faces up to life in prison and a possible
$10,000,000 maximum fine.
She has been and will remain in custody pending that
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security
Investigations conducted the investigation with the assistance of Customs and
Border Protection. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Scott Bowling is prosecuting