Mexican Female Admits To Smuggling Meth Into U.S. On 8 Trips

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A female Mexican smuggler, who admitted to multiple smuggling runs got a slap on the wrist in federal court in Tucson.

According to the Department of Justice, Emma Encinas-Obregon, 34, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, was sentenced last week by United States District Judge Raner C. Collins to 45 months in prison.

Encinas-Obregon’s prison sentence is to be followed by three years of supervised release. Encinas-Obregon pleaded guilty to Importation of Methamphetamine.

On October 19, 2022, Encinas-Obregon entered the United States from Mexico through the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, Arizona, in a 2011 Audi A4. Concealed inside the vehicle were 50 packages containing 23 kilograms of methamphetamines. Encinas-Obregon admitted to smuggling drugs into the United States on eight separate occasions since August 2022. Each time, after entering the United States, Encinas-Obregon would leave her car while shopping and members of a criminal organization would remove drugs from her vehicle. Encinas-Obregon was paid approximately $2,000 each time she smuggled drugs from Mexico into the United States.

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