A Del Rio woman was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to serve 17 years in prison for the attempted smuggling of illegal drugs. Ana Dellanira Rodarte, 41, pleaded guilty in a drug smuggling case involving two more Del Rio defendants.

Rodarte was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Alia Moses. She pleaded guilty to the attempted smuggling of 1.3 kilograms of heroin and 7.5 kilograms of methamphetamine into the country, announced U.S. Attorney John F. Bash and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Shane Folden.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Moses ordered Rodarte to pay a $2,000 fine and be placed on supervised release for five years after completing her prison term.

Federal prosecutors said on April 23 Rodarte pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to import heroin. By pleading guilty, Rodarte admitted she arranged for the load of narcotics inside her own car to be driven across the U.S. border with Mexico.

On March 5, 2016, inspectors at the Del Rio port of entry discovered the methamphetamine inside the vehicle’s battery. They also located the heroin in two antifreeze containers inside the vehicle.

The driver of Rodarte’s vehicle at the time, Jasmin Medina Ramos of Del Rio, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import methamphetamine. Last year, Judge Moses sentenced her to 135 months in federal prison and ordered her to pay a $1,500 fine.

A third defendant charged in this case, Jose Carlos Trevino of Del Rio, was sentenced to 121 months in federal prison and fined $3,000 last year after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

HSI Del Rio conducted this investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd R. Keagle prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

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