Source: US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
TUCSON, Ariz. – On June 21, a Midwestern woman was sentenced to nine years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for her involvement in importing methamphetamine following an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Douglas office assisted by HSI Kansas City and the Saline County Sheriff’s Office.
Connie Sue Lorenzo-Molina, 30, of Slater, Missouri, previously pleaded guilty to importation of methamphetamine.
“Criminals who continue to engage in drug trafficking with no regard for our nation’s laws will be brought to justice as proven in this lengthy sentencing,” said Scott Brown, special agent in charge for HSI Phoenix. “HSI will continue to work closely with its federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to combat the serious public safety threat drugs pose to our communities.”
On May 26, 2021, Lorenzo-Molina entered the United States at the port of entry in Naco, Arizona, with over 50 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in her vehicle. During her interview with federal agents, Lorenzo-Molina also admitted to prior involvement in drug smuggling.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ashley B. Culver, District of Arizona, Tucson, handled the prosecution.
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HSI is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 special agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.