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Case Number: 2:19-cr-01153
Judge: Janis Graham Jack
Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Nueces County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: Robert D. Thorpe, Jr.
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Description: Corpus Christi, TX - The United States of America charged Guadalupe Inostroza-Diaz with attempting to smuggle meth.
A 31-year-old Huntsville, Alabama, woman has been ordered to prison following her conviction for knowingly attempting to smuggle 20 pounds of pure meth, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Guadalupe Inostroza-Diaz pleaded guilty Sept. 26, 2019.
Today, Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack handed Inostroza-Diaz a 70-month sentence to be immediately followed by five years of supervised release. At the hearing, the court noted that even though Inostroza-Diaz had no prior criminal history and only played a minor role in the drug distribution scheme, a sentence of more than five years was appropriate for trafficking meth.
On June 21, 2019, Inostroza-Diaz drove a white Nissan Altima into the primary inspection area of the Border Patrol (BP) checkpoint near Falfurrias. An X-ray search of the vehicle revealed bundles of meth concealed within the walls of an ice chest located in the car’s trunk.
Laboratory analysis later confirmed the substance in the bundles was 100% pure meth totaling 12 kilograms with a street value of more than $919,000.
She has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation with the assistance of BP.
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - SELL, DISTRIBUTE, OR DISPENSE in violation of 21 U.S.C. 841.
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 70 months custody BOP, 5 years supervised release, $100 special assessment.