February 29, 2024
Federal courthouse in downtown San Diego. Photograph by Chris Stone

A girl who tried to smuggle greater than 40 kilos of cocaine via the San Ysidro Port of Entry, then fabricated messages to make it seem she was tricked into smuggling the medication, pleaded responsible this week to federal fees.

Victoria Carmona, 25, of San Antonio, Texas, was arrested in February after she was caught with 42.4 kilos of cocaine in her automobile.

The U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace mentioned Carmona claimed she was solely employed to convey money into the US, and was unaware any medication have been in her automobile.

This account was backed up by Fb Messenger conversations she shared with investigators, although prosecutors say these messages have been faked by Carmona and a co-defendant.

Carmona’s plea settlement states WhatsApp messages have been found between Carmona and the co-defendant through which they mentioned her false cowl story.

As a part of her plea settlement, Carmona admitted to faking the messages in case she was caught and admitted smuggling medication into the US on seven events in January and February of this yr.

Along with drug importation counts, Carmona pleaded responsible to obstruction of justice for the falsified Fb messages.