LAREDO, Texas – A 45-year-old man has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction for conspiracy to import crystal methamphetamine, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. Mexican National Juan Manuel Lozano-Alvarez pleaded guilty May 2, 2017.
Today, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo handed Lozano-Alvarez a total sentence of 70 months in federal prison. Not a U.S. citizen, he is expected to face deportation proceedings following the sentence.
On March 1, 2017, Lozano-Alvarez was driving a tractor-trailer and applied for entry into the U.S. from Mexico at the Colombia Solidarity Bridge in Laredo. A subsequent examination of the vehicle revealed a set of nested wooden boxes in the tractor. The boxes contained 13.36 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine. Lozano-Alvarez was also carrying the equivalent of approximately $1,000 in cash.
He will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Giselle S. Guerra prosecuted the case.
Department of Justice
Office of the U.S. Attorney
Southern District of Texas