Two men pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine in a case where a package of 33 kilograms was intercepted on its way to Commerce, according to court documents.
Gerardo Martinez-Luviano, 28, of Commerce, and Jose Ignacio Borrego, 21, of Statham pleaded guilty Nov. 6 in federal court.
Martinez-Luviano was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison, while Borrego received 18 months behind bars.
Attorneys for the two men, Victoria Calvert and Ed Tolley, did not return a request for comment Thursday, Nov. 14.
The Times sent an email to the U.S. Attorney’s Office asking about the difference in prison time, and no response was received Thursday.
Homeland Security officials intercepted the package and learned it was headed via FedEx to Erastus Church Road in Commerce, according to Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum.
Homeland Security notified the Sheriff’s Office May 6.
Law enforcement officials said the estimated street value for the package would be between $1.3 million and $3.3 million.
Undercover Homeland Security agents delivered the package to Erastus Church Road in Commerce “with the methamphetamine inside the crates,” according to an affidavit filed May 10 by a Homeland Security Investigations special agent.
“And, prior to delivery, inspectors inserted electronic trip-wire devices that were concealed inside each of the boxes. The trip-wire is a device that senses motion and light. Thus, if the package was opened, the device would sense light and alert law enforcement that the package had been opened,” according to the affidavit.
Once the trip wire was triggered, law enforcement entered the Erastus Church Road mobile home and arrested Martinez-Luviano and Borrego.
Martinez-Luviano will be turned over to immigration officials for removal proceedings following his time in prison.
Both will receive credit for time served since May 13, 2019, and both will be on supervised release for three years upon release from prison.