LAREDO – The United States Attorney’s Office Southern District of Texas announced a Matamoros, Mexico, resident has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of conspiracy to import 10.2 kilograms of meth into the country.
48-year-old Guadalupe Martinez-Montelongo pleaded guilty March 3.
U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo ordered Martinez-Montelongo to serve a total of 63 months in prison. Not a U.S. citizen, he is expected to face deportation proceedings following incarceration.
The attorney’s office said on Dec. 10, 2019 Martinez-Montelongo applied for entry into the United States at the Lincoln Juarez Bridge. Authorities conducted an investigation of the SUV he was driving, at which time a K-9 alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle’s doors. An x-ray scan further revealed bundles of narcotics stuffed behind the door panels which field tested positive for meth.
The bundles weighed approximately 23 pounds and had a street value of approximately $73,000.
Martinez-Montelongo has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future, said the USAO SDTX.