Judge orders pregnant Houston woman held without bond in meth smuggling case
A 20-year-old Houston woman may spend the last two months of her pregnancy in jail after officers caught her trying to cross the border with nearly 190 pounds of liquid methamphetamine.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter E. Ormsby ordered Yesenia Mendoza-Gonzalez, 20, of Houston held without bond on Thursday morning.
Officers stopped Mendoza at the Hidalgo bridge on Sunday, when she attempted to return from Reynosa driving a white 2008 Chevrolet Silverado.
When officers searched her truck, they found liquid methamphetamine in the gas tank.
Officers later determined the gas tank held 188.89 pounds of methamphetamine, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which valued the drugs at nearly $3.8 million.
"During the interview, MENDOZA-Gonzalez advised that she was from Houston, Texas and that she was seven months pregnant and in need of money for a baby shower," according to the federal criminal complaint against her.
Mendoza said a man nicknamed "Chucho" offered her $1,000 to transport drugs from Mexico to Houston, according to the criminal complaint. She took a bus from Houston to Hidalgo and walked across the bridge on May 12. Two days later, Mendoza returned driving the Silverado.
Mendoza is charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and importing methamphetamine.
The judge directed the U.S. Marshal's Service to arrange a doctor's appointment for Mendoza to make sure her baby is healthy.