CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The United States Attorney’s Office Southern District of Texas announced an Edinburg, Texas man has been ordered to federal prison.
The USAO-SDTX said 36-year-old Ray Anthony Almaroad admitted to his role in a large cocaine trafficking conspiracy. He pleaded guilty on Jan. 26.
U.S. District Judge David S. Morales ordered Almaroad to serve an 87-month sentence to be immediately followed by four years of supervised release.
At the hearing, the court heard additional statements noting Almaroad’s use of a tractor-trailer hauling a legitimate truckload of limes. He used it as a decoy for the concealed compartment containing over 100 cocaine bundles.
On Nov. 27, 2020, Luis Elfego Ramirez drove a tractor-trailer to the Border Patrol checkpoint located near Sarita. Almaroad was the passenger and registered owner of the vehicle.
Authorities noted weld marks on the diesel tank and discovered a custom-made concealed compartment within the fuel tank.
Authorities said they found and seized 110 bundles of cocaine, with a total net weight of 109 kilograms.
Previously released on bond, Almaroad was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
49-year-old Luis Elfego Ramirez, from Edinburg, had also pleaded guilty and previously received 120 months imprisonment, said the news release.