A former Mexican military doctor was sentenced in connection with a drug smuggling case, according to a news release from the Southern District of Texas U.S. Attorney’s office.
U.S. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa sentenced Victor Manuel Valencia Rasco to a 37-month prison sentence in connection with his March arrest at a U.S. port of entry, the release states.
Valencia, who served in the Mexican military as a medical doctor for more than 20 years, pleaded guilty June 3, to a federal drug charge.
“In handing down the sentence the court noted the significant quantity of cocaine Valencia imported,” the release states.
On March 3, 2019, Valencia attempted to enter the country at the Hidalgo Port of Entry. During inspection, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers discovered a suitcase in his trunk with 25 brick-shaped packages weighing 27.54 kilograms.
Authorities tested the contents and confirmed it to be cocaine.
Valencia, after his arrest, admitted he was aware he was importing cocaine and that he expected to be paid roughly $54,000; about $2,000 per kilo of cocaine successfully imported into the country.
The 47-year-old Mexican National will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future, the release states.