August 19, 2022

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Texas man sentenced for smuggling $1.1M of crystal meth

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LAREDO, Texas – A 20-year-old Dallas resident has been sent to federal prison for illegally importing approximately 25.16 kilograms of meth, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.

Luke Law pleaded guilty Dec. 1, 2021.

Today, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo sentenced him to serve a total of 60 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. As a condition of his supervised release, Judge Marmolejo ordered the defendant must speak to high schools at least three times a year about avoiding drugs and avoiding the choices he made.

On June 6, 2021, Law attempted to cross into the United States after vacationing in Monterrey, Mexico. Authorities referred his vehicle to the secondary inspection area where a K-9 alerted to the presence of narcotics. An X-ray scan revealed anomalies behind the vehicle’s gas tank. Upon further investigation, law enforcement discovered a total of 29 bundles of meth wrapped in clear tape weighing approximately 25.16 kilograms.

The drugs have an estimated street value of approximately $1.1 million.

Law has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons Facility to be determined in the near future.

Homeland Security Investigations and Customs and Border Protection conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Makens prosecuted the case.

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