LAREDO, Texas – A 32-year-old Mexican national has been ordered to federal prison after admitting he conspired to import over 50 kilograms of meth into the United States.
Jose Ramos-Delgadillo pleaded guilty Oct. 3, 2019, to two counts – conspiracy to import and importation of meth.
U.S. District Judge Diana Saldana handed him a 46-month sentence. Not a U.S. citizen, Ramos-Delgadillo is expected to face removal proceedings following the sentence.
On Aug. 4, 2019, Ramos-Delgadillo arrived in Laredo at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge driving a Ford Escape. An initial search yielded 24 bundles of meth concealed within the tires. However, authorities also discovered an additional 19 bundles in the vehicle’s firewall.
Upon questioning, Ramos-Delgadillo claimed he was a wrestler from Guadalajara, Mexico, who was traveling to Dallas to visit a friend.
He soon admitted he knew there were narcotics in the vehicle. He expected to be paid $5,000 for transporting the drugs.
The drugs weighed a total of 53.56 kilograms with an approximate value of more than $300,000.
He has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.