Illegal Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Meth/Fentanyl in Fuel Tank


ALPINE, TX — In a federal court appearance in Pecos, a woman from Chihuahua, Mexico, admitted to smuggling fentanyl and methamphetamine into the U.S., concealing the narcotics within her car's fuel tank. Sandra Araceli Diaz Vazquez, 37, entered a guilty plea for her role in attempting to distribute these drugs across the United States.

The arrest of Diaz Vazquez occurred on December 5, 2023, following a traffic stop on Interstate 20 near Colorado City, initiated due to two traffic violations. Upon consenting to a search of her vehicle, law enforcement discovered approximately 20.2 kilograms (about 44.5 pounds) of methamphetamine and 5.6 kilograms (about 12.3 pounds) of fentanyl hidden inside the fuel tank.

Border Patrol Searching Vehicle

Border Patrol Searching Vehicle

(Credit: Theaplawgroup)

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