Kentucky woman gets 30 months in Fentanyl smuggling case

Docs: Defendant was to be paid with ‘discounted’ plastic surgery, pills

McALLEN — A Kentucky woman who attempted to hide nearly 2,000 pills inside her genitals will serve a more than two-year prison sentence, according to court records.

U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez on Wednesday sentenced Yenny Yamileth Pino to 30 months in prison in connection with her August 2018 arrest at a port of entry after officers there found her in possession of Fentanyl pills.

Pino pleaded guilty in April to a federal drug charge during a re-arraignment hearing. Read the complaint here.

In exchange, the government agreed to dismiss the remaining drug conspiracy charge against her, according to court notes.

Pino was detained and arrested Aug. 12 as she attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge, according to the complaint against her.

During secondary inspection at the port of entry, federal officers discovered nearly 2,000 pills of Fentanyl within the Kentucky woman’s underwear and hidden inside her genitals.

“During the pat down in secondary, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found two vacuum-sealed bags, which contained 881 unidentified blue pills in Pino’s undergarments,” the document read.

The Kentucky woman also admitted to CBP officers that she was carrying an “unknown object in her vaginal area,” the complaint read.

After giving written consent for a medical examination, CBP officers discovered a “cylinder-shaped object.”

“The object, 5.9 inches in length, was wrapped in a black material and secured by a condom,” the complaint further read. “The object contained 1,100 blue pills.”

In total, CBP officers found Pino to be in possession of 1,981 blue pills later determined to be the powerful opioid Fentanyl. The pills weighed approximately more than 233 grams.

During an interview with federal agents, Pino admitted to being a “body carrier” of an illegal substance.

She also told agents in exchange for smuggling the Fentanyl pills, she received a “discount on a body enhancement procedure,” as well as 30 of the nearly 2,000 Fentanyl pills, the record shows.

“Pino was to turn over some of the pills to an unidentified taxi driver in McAllen, Texas,” the complaint read.

The 32-year-old woman, who had been out on bond prior to the sentencing hearing, will be allowed to remain on bond pending her voluntary surrender to a Bureau of Prisons facility, which will be determined by the court at another time.

According to CBP enforcement statistics for fiscal year 2018, specifically through July 31, 2018, the office of field operations reported seizing 1,357 pounds of Fentanyl.