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.
On July 7, 2019, Sarafin Rodriguez Peña 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.
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, Peña 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, Peña faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison as well as a possible $10 million maximum fine.