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Date: 10-15-2021

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United States of America v. Maria Tello and Juan Tello

Case Number: 2:17-cr-01493-AM

Judge: Alia Moses

Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Texas (Val Verde County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office

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Description: Del Rio, TX: Criminal defense lawyers represented defendants charged with conspiracy to import methamphetamine.

Maria Tello, 39, and Juan Tello, 39, both from Fort Worth, conspired together to import over 34 kilograms of methamphetamine from Mexico. On December 2, 2017, a vehicle stopped at the Del Rio Port of Entry had two compartments loaded with 34.32 kilograms of methamphetamine. The vehicle was driven to Dallas where it was met by Maria and Juan Tello. Maria Tello admitted she knew the vehicle was loaded with methamphetamine and that the drug was to be transported within the Dallas-Fort Worth area for further distribution.

“Methamphetamine is a highly addictive poison that destroys lives and destabilizes our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff. “We will hold accountable those seeking to distribute it.”

“Today’s sentence sends a clear message to criminal organizations that there are serious consequences for trafficking-controlled substances,” said Special Agent in Charge Shane Folden, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) San Antonio. “HSI will continue to pursue cross-border conspiracy investigations to target dangerous individuals who threaten the security of the United States.”

On April 26, 2018, Juan Tello pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to import methamphetamine. He was sentenced to 210 months in prison on September 18, 2019.

The HSI investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sydni Connell and Amy Hail prosecuted the case.

21:963=CI.F ATTEMPT/CONSPIRACY - CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - IMPORT/EXPORT - 21 U.S.C. 952(a) and 960(a)(1) & (b)(1), and 963, Conspiracy to Import Methamphetamine

Outcome: Juan was entenced to 210 months imprisonment with credit for time served; 5 year supervised release; $2,000 fine; $100 special assessment; Denial of Federal Benefits for 5 years. Maria was sentenced to 262 months imprisonment with credit for time served; 5 year term supervised release; Fine waived; Special assessment $100; Denial of federal benefits for 5 years.

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