BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 21 year old Brownsville resident has
been ordered to federal prison for methamphetamine trafficking, announced
Acting U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Ernesto Alonso Valdez pleaded guilty Aug.
Today, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen sentenced Valdez to
a total of 132 months imprisonment to be immediately followed by five years of
supervised release. In handing down the sentence, Judge Hanen stated “So take
this to heart. Try to turn this into a positive. You have one advantage that
you are young.”
On Nov. 24, 2016, Ernesto Alonso Valdez arrived at the
Gateway port of entry in Brownsville driving a Chevrolet HHR. At the time, he
claimed to be en route to visit his girlfriend at the hospital. However, agents
soon discovered 4.28 kilograms of methamphetamine concealed in the back seats
and rear bumper of the vehicle. A small quantity of narcotics was also found in
his shoe during a personal search. Valdez admitted knowing the personal use in
his shoe was cocaine or methamphetamine.
Valdez 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 Elena
Salinas prosecuted the case.