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Mexican National Sentenced for Attempting To Flee US Port of Entry, Drug Trafficking Following HSI Eagle Pass, Federal Partner Investigation

Release Date: April 11, 2024

DEL RIO, Texas — A Mexican national was sentenced to 27 years in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine following an investigation conducted by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) office with help from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Caleb Eduardo Gomez-Sanchez, 35, was sentenced by a federal judge on April 10 to serve 324 months in prison. Gomez-Sanchez pleaded guilty on Sept. 13, 2021, to possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

"Actions that threaten the safety and well-being of law enforcement and the general public are unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” said HSI San Antonio Special Agent in Charge Craig S. Larrabee. “HSI, in collaboration with our law enforcement partners, will prioritize the investigation and prosecution of any individual who chooses to harm the public and officers at the port of entry.”

According to court documents, on March 2, 2021, Gomez-Sanchez attempted to enter the United States from Mexico via the Eagle Pass Port of Entry. Initially, Gomez-Sanchez followed directions and exited the vehicle for a secondary inspection, but when he was asked to remove his jacket to check his pockets, Gomez-Sanchez jumped back into the car and drove into oncoming traffic, attempting to flee back to Mexico. CBP officers reacted by positioning their vehicle to block Gomez-Sanchez from fleeing further. Gomez-Sanchez rammed his vehicle into the parked vehicle while two officers were still seated inside. Both officers sustained injuries during the collision.

Gomez-Sanchez eventually crashed into a concrete barrier at the Mexican port of entry on the other side of the bridge. Mexican authorities immediately returned Gomez-Sanchez to U.S. authorities. CBP officials discovered a sock in Gomez-Sanchez’s coat pocket containing a substance suspected to be methamphetamine. Analysis of the suspected methamphetamine identified the substance as methamphetamine hydrochloride, with a total weight of 64.48 grams and a purity level of approximately 99%.

“The federal agents along our southern border risk their lives on a daily basis to limit the infiltration of drugs, weapons, and the illegal entry of undocumented noncitizens into the United States,” said U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas Jaime Esparza. “I appreciate the diligence of our CBP officers at Eagle Pass for their efforts in this case, along with the Mexican law enforcement officers for their assistance in returning this defendant to U.S. custody for prosecution.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas Katy Garner prosecuted the case.

Last Updated: 04/22/2024
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