Methamphetamine dealers convicted of trafficking for Cartel Del Noreste Laredo police


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Two men have pleaded guilty to smuggling methamphetamine in fire extinguishers for an organization affiliated with Cartel Del Noreste, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.

Bonifacio Turrubiates, 48, of Laredo, pleaded guilty on Thursday while Dionicio Sanchez, 46, of Houston, was found guilty on June 3. Each was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute liquid meth associated with the Cartel Del Noreste, authorities said. .

Turrubiates and Sanchez are expected to be sentenced at a later date. Each faces life in prison and a maximum possible fine of $10 million. Both remain in federal custody.


The case dates back to April 28, 2020, when Drug Enforcement Administration special agents impounded their vehicle in the parking lot of an HEB in Laredo during an undercover operation.

Authorities would discover 76.05 pounds of liquid methamphetamine hidden inside several fire extinguishers. The contraband had an estimated street value of $1,521,000. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the investigation found the methamphetamine belonged to an organization affiliated with the CDN.

Turrubiates and Sanchez admitted conspiring to hide the methamphetamine inside fire extinguishers and transport them north to Laredo and out of Texas.

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