LAREDO, Texas (KVEO) — A man who pleaded guilty to smuggling meth in fire extinguishers is facing up to life in prison, according to a press release.
The man, Jesus Gabriel Vara-Perez, 40, was arrested in Laredo on September 2020, where he had fire extinguishers containing 17 kilograms of meth.
Vara-Perez admitted that in 2016, he conspired with others to deliver fire extinguishers with meth to Atlanta, Georgia. He also admitted that he was paid $8,000 for helping transport the meth.
The drugs had a combined estimated street value of more than $320,000.
U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo has not determined his sentencing, however, he will face up to life in prison and a maximum fine of $10 million.
The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney José Angel Moreno is prosecuting the case.