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HSI Laredo Investigation Results in the Conviction of a Bus Passenger for Smuggling Over $1.2M of Pure Meth

Release Date: April 2, 2024

LAREDO, Texas – A Mexican citizen pleaded guilty for attempting to smuggle 140 pounds of pure meth following an investigation conducted by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with the assistance of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Eleazar Vilchiz Alonso, 62, pleaded guilty April 2 before U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo.

According to court documents, on Jan. 10, Alonso applied for entry into the United States at the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge in Laredo while on board a commercial bus. At primary inspection, law enforcement discovered several dozen jars of lard in his luggage. As part of an agricultural inspection, authorities discovered a sandy substance within the lard that tested positive for meth. Law enforcement recovered a total of 48 jars in several suitcases. Alonso stated he was going to deliver them to an address in Houston. Laboratory analysis later confirmed the substance in the jars was 100% pure crystal meth, or “ice,” totaling 63.85 kilograms with a value of more than $1.29 million.

Judge Marmolejo will impose sentencing July 9. At that time, Alonso faces up to life in federal prison and a possible $10 million maximum fine for each count.

Alonso remains in custody pending the hearing.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Terence Andrew Check Jr., Southern District of Texas, prosecuted the case.

Last Updated: 04/22/2024
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