CORPUS CHRISTI– An Hidalgo man was ordered to federal prison after being convicted of possession with the intent to distribute nearly two kilograms of cocaine, U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick announced in a statement Wednesday.
On Wednesday, U.S. Senior District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos ordered Josue Rivera to serve 60 months in prison to be immediately followed by four years of supervised release, the statement read. Rivera entered a guilty plea on May 30.
On February 18, Rivera drove his vehicle into the primary inspection area of the Border Patrol checkpoint in Falfurrias, prompting a service K-9 to pull hard in its direction.
When questioned, Rivera claimed to be on his way to work in the oil field but authorities noted that he did not actually appear to have any work equipment with him, the announcement said.
According to the statement, authorities searched the vehicle and discovered 1.95 kilograms of cocaine, worth an estimated $179,200, wrapped in two bundles hidden inside the door of the vehicle. Rivera was immediately arrested. He has been on bond and was ordered to surrender himself to the U.S. Marshal Service on a date to be determined in the near future for transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility.
The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation with the assistance of BP. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Dunn is prosecuting the case.