Houston woman sentenced in meth/heroin drug case

A Houston woman was sentenced to a more than five-year prison term for her role in attempting to import meth into the country, records show.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Randy Crane handed down a 70-month prison sentence for Stacy Elizabeth Diaz-Escobar, who was arrested attempting to enter the country from Mexico on Oct. 3, 2019, the complaint against her states.

On that date just before noon, Diaz, 21, of Houston, attempted to enter the country through the Hidalgo port of entry driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck. She was subsequently referred for a secondary inspection.

During that inspection, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered hidden inside the vehicle’s muffler more than 23 kilograms of methamphetamine, and more than 2 kilos of heroin, records show.

“Once at secondary inspection, narcotics were located in a package hidden within the muffler in the vehicle…” the document states.

According to the complaint, “…Diaz stated the vehicle belonged to her and she was returning from visiting her family in Mexico.”

Additionally, while removing the package, two smaller packages containing heroin were found inside.

Diaz told federal agents she arrived in Reynosa, Mexico that morning, went to a residence where she picked up a pickup truck and was to drive back to Houston.

“Diaz stated she believed the (person) at the residence was involved in criminal activity,” the document states. “(She) stated she had a feeling that something was in the truck … in the back of her mind, she knew the car had drugs. Diaz stated she was supposed to drop the truck off at a store in Houston.”

In addition to the 70-month prison term, Diaz will be required to serve four years of supervised release.


lzazueta@themonitor.com