Houston men sentenced for smuggling meth in truck tires

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LAREDO, Texas – Two Houston men have been ordered to federal prison for their involvement in a conspiracy to import meth into the United States, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.

Denzel Holloway, 29, and Joshua Guerra, 27, pleaded guilty June 9, 2020.

Today, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos ordered Holloway to serve a 78-month sentence to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release.

Guerra was sentenced previously to a 96-month term of imprisonment.

On Nov. 28, 2019, Holloway attempted to enter the United States at the Juarez–Lincoln Port of Entry in Laredo. Authorities conducted an X-ray inspection and noticed anomalies in the tires of his pickup truck.

They ultimately found 24 bundles containing a total of 53.4 kilograms of meth in hidden compartments within the truck’s tires. During their investigation, law enforcement discovered Guerra had helped coordinate the smuggling attempt.

The drugs had an estimated street value of about $300,000.

Holloway was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation with the assistance of Customs and Border Protection. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Fawcett prosecuted the case.

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