Mexican national admits to concealing drugs in vehicle while crossing into the US


NUEVO LAREDO, TAMAULIPAS.- A 23-year-old man from Monterrey, Mexico, has pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute 6.15 kilograms of cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.

On Oct. 2, 2022, Rodriguez-Elizondo attempted to drive through the Lincoln Juarez Port of Entry in Laredo. At that time, he told authorities he was visiting Six Flags and planned an overnight trip. However, he did not have luggage and did not have a believable travel itinerary.

An X-ray scan also revealed anomalies near the center console of his vehicle. Upon further inspection, law enforcement discovered several bundles containing cocaine.

The drugs had an estimated street value of $150,000 USD.

U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo will impose sentencing on April 11. At that time, Rodriguez0-Elizondo faces up to life in prison and a possible $10 million maximum fine.

Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Matthew Isaac and Michael Makens are prosecuting the case.

Source: US Department of Justice

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