Lubbock Man Pleads Guilty to International Money Laundering
29-year-old Roger Pinon of Lubbock County has pleaded guilty to international money laundering.
KAMC News reports that it all started with a FedEx package in Memphis that caught the eye of US Customs and Border Protection. The package was X-rayed on June 26, and the X-ray didn't seem to match the label.
THE CBPO opened the package and found an unknown white powdery substance inside seasoning packets. It was determined later to be 3.15 kilograms of methamphetamine.
The package was to be delivered to an address in the 2200 block of 8th Street in Lubbock. Federal agents made a "controlled delivery."
Pinon came to the home where the package was delivered and left around 10 minutes later. He was pulled over for a traffic stop as he had warrants out for his arrest.
After searching his home, officers found receipts that showed Pinon sent $1,000 to 3 different people in Mexico in June.
Agents interviewed the woman who initially accepted the delivery, Vanessa Rena Torres. She admitted to buying and selling methamphetamine. Torres has been charged and remains in the Lubbock County Detention Center.
Pinon admitted that he was sending money across the border on behalf of Torres, and he knew the money was for meth.
If a judge accepts his plea deal, Pinon will be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in federal prison.