(STL.News) – A 33-year-old Laredo man has been ordered to federal prison for conspiring to transport, and transporting, an undocumented alien in addition to conspiring and possessing with the intent to distribute cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Alfredo Enrique Diaz pleaded guilty to the drug charges March 2, while he admitted his guilt for human smuggling Dec. 2, 2019.
Today, U.S. District Judge Diana Saldaña ordered Alfredo Enrique Diaz to serve a total of 120 months in federal prison to be followed by five years of supervised release.
On March 28, 2017, Diaz was caught while delivering luggage to a bus station in Laredo. The luggage had 14 bundles of cocaine weighing approximately 16 kilograms.
He was on bond in that case when drove to the Border Patrol (BP) Checkpoint north of Laredo Sept. 14. At that time, he had a woman who admitted to being in the United States illegally in his vehicle. Diaz expected to be paid $1500 for smuggling the woman to San Antonio.
Diaz will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation with the assistance of BP. Assistant U.S. Attorney April Ayers-Perez prosecuted the case.