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Case Number: 5:20-cr-01134
Judge: Marina Marina Garcia
Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Webb County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Laredo, Texas criminal law lawyer represented defendant charged with conspiracy to import and importation of meth.
Juan Victor Larraga-Solano was convicted following a two-day trial.
Today, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo ordered that he serve a total of 235 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release. In handing down the sentence, the court noted the seriousness of drug smuggling and the significant quantity of meth Larraga-Solano attempted to bring into the United States. Judge Marmolejo also pointed out that Larraga-Solano’s testimony at trial did not make any sense and that he had not acknowledged any responsibility for his actions.
Not a U.S. citizen, he is expected to face removal proceedings following his sentence.
On March 8, 2020, Larraga-Solano attempted to enter the United States through the Lincoln-Juarez International Bridge in Laredo. He claimed he was importing glass beer bottles, juice boxes and meat contained in coolers from Mexico.
Law enforcement inspected the items and noticed that, when shaken, the juice boxes sounded as if they contained rocks. Further, the alleged beer did not have any bubbles. A follow up X-ray examination also revealed anomalies in the walls of the coolers. Authorities conducted a thorough inspection and found 56 packages of meth and 12 beer bottles containing liquid meth.
Overall, authorities seized a total of 44.56 kilograms of meth from Larraga-Solano.
During trral, the jury heard the total estimated street value was in excess of $1.1 million.
Testimony at trial revealed that Mexican cartels have increased the price of meth to raise demand for less expensive drugs like cocaine and marijuana.
Larraga-Solano has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation with the assistance of Customs and Border Protection, Drug Enforcement Administration and Border Patrol. Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) Brandon S. Bowling and former AUSA Adam E. Harper prosecuted the case.
Conspiracy to Import 50 grams or more of methamphetamine or 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. PENALTY: 10 years to life of imprisonment and/or not more than a $10,000,000 fine, $100 CVF at least 5 yrs up to a life TSR
Outcome: 08/04/2022 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo: Sentencing held on 8/4/2022 for Juan Victor Larraga Solano (1), Count(s) 1, 2, Defendant given allocution; PSR adopted, correctly scored; the Court has considered all the 3553(a) factors. Sentenced to 235 mos. to serve concurrent to both counts, followed by 5 yrs. SRT as to both counts, comply with all immigration related conditions and all applicable, standard and mandatory conditions imposed; $100 s/a, imposed per count; no fine; Special Condition not to return to the United States Illegally; advised of right to appeal. Court recommends placement at Medical Facility. Appearances: Samara Sweet, AUSA, Adrian Chapa, Attorney of Record, Steve Peregoy, USPO, Bryan Cantu, DUSM.(ERO: Raul Gamas, 2:33 p.m. - 3:02 p.m.) (Interpreter: Raul Gonzalez, used) Deft remanded to custody, filed.(atrevino, 5) (Entered: 08/04/2022)