BROWNSVILLE–A Mexican woman has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in federal prison for her role in a methamphetamine drug trafficking case, federal prosecutors announced.
Reyna Osorio Martinez, 60, of Morelia was linked to other individuals and vehicles involved in previous drug trafficking offenses and was found guilty last September of all counts charged against her – conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, possession with intent to distribute, conspiracy to import and importation into the United States more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.
The jury heard testimony that Osorio was arrested after contraband was discovered in the vehicle in which she rode as a passenger to enter the United States through the Brownsville & Matamoros Bridge Port of Entry.
Osorio was the passenger in a 2002 Toyota Camry, inside of which seven bundles containing about 6 kilograms of methamphetamine were found by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers prompting further investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) agents.
Osorio told investigating agents that her son-in-law had purchased the vehicle in Matamoros the previous day. However, crossing records showed that she had entered the United States from Mexico in the same Camry on three prior occasions dating back to December 2010 and that she had done so with an individual who was arrested in Laredo with nearly 7 kilograms of methamphetamine three days prior to this incident.
Agents testified at trial that the street value of the methamphetamine smuggled by Osorio was more than $1 million.