A Tyler, Texas, man accused of attempting to smuggle more than 30 kilos of meth into the country was granted a bond Thursday, records show.
A U.S. magistrate judge granted Rogelio Guerra a $100,000 bond in connection with drug conspiracy and possession charges related to his attempt to enter the country on March 12 through the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge, the court records show.
According to the criminal complaint, the government alleges Guerra attempted to conceal more than 30 kilos of methamphetamine inside the vehicle he was driving as he attempted to enter the U.S.
The 36-year-old allegedly told U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers he had crossed into Mexico two days earlier to visit a sick relative in San Luis, Mexico, the record shows. But a records check on Guerra’s vehicle showed that he crossed into Mexico six days earlier — contradicting his statement to authorities.
“Guerra stated that he was the owner of the vehicle and that no other person had access or possession of his vehicle the whole time he was in Mexico,” the document stated. “Guerra stated that he slept in his vehicle the time he was in Mexico.”
A secondary search of the Tyler man’s vehicle, a Chrysler van, revealed anomalies inside the rear, near the gas tank.
“Further inspection of the gas tank resulted in the discovery of a white crystallized substance within the inside of the gas tank,” the document states.
A total of 37.34 kilograms of meth was eventually removed from the gas tank area of the vehicle.
Despite the government’s objections, the court granted the bond after a teleconference hearing Thursday in which a federal agent testified to the March 12 incident, court notes show.
A date for the next pre-trial hearing was not available as of Friday afternoon.