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San Luis teen pleads guilty to heroin smuggling

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San Luis teen pleads guilty to heroin smuggling

An 18-year-old San Luis man pleaded guilty Tuesday to smuggling heroin into the United States from Mexico, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Tuesday.

Victor Rubio Herrera pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute at least 1 kilogram of heroin, said Bill Solomon, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Rubio was arrested at the San Luis Port on Nov. 16 after Customs and Border Protection officers found two packages of heroin weighing 2 kilograms that he had strapped to his thighs, Solomon said.

According to court records, Rubio had traveled to Mexico where he met two people who provided him with the drugs to bring across the border. He was given two packages of heroin, which he strapped to each thigh then traveled to the port on a bicycle, Solomon said.

A conviction for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 1 kilogram or more of heroin carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, a $10,000,000 fine, or both, Solomon said.

Rubio is scheduled to be sentenced on July 30.

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