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27-Year-Old Sentenced for Importing Meth: Court Highlights Role in Narcotics Smuggling

Juan Adame II, a 27-year-old man, has been sentenced for importing methamphetamine, as announced by U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.

Adame pleaded guilty on March 11, 2022. Chief U.S. District Judge Randy Crane has ordered him to serve 57 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

During the hearing, the court heard evidence indicating Adame played a crucial role in smuggling illegal narcotics into the United States. The court emphasized that traffickers like Adame are essential for the success of such operations.

On April 8, 2021, Adame claimed his vehicle contained no illegal drugs upon arriving at the Progresso Port of Entry. However, authorities referred him to secondary inspection where a K-9 detected the odor of narcotics. A subsequent search uncovered 25 bricks of meth, weighing approximately 24 kilograms, concealed within compartments in the vehicle’s wheel wells. The meth seized had an estimated street value of $60,000.

Adame admitted to knowing he was smuggling narcotics at the time of his plea, acknowledging his involvement in multiple smuggling instances.

He will remain in custody until transferred to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility, to be determined in the near future.

The investigation was conducted by Customs and Border Protection and Homeland Security Investigations, with Assistant U.S. Attorney Theodore Parran III prosecuting the case.

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