Georgia Woman, Yolanda Herrera Sentenced To 22 Years In Federal Prison For Organizing Numerous Shipments Of Methamphetamine And Heroin From Mexico To The Port Of Tampa
Tampa, FL (STL.News) U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday today sentenced Yolanda Herrera (43, Rex, GA) to 22 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin, and attempted possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin.
Herrera had pleaded guilty on June 4, 2020.
According to court documents, between October 24, 2018, and March 18, 2019, Herrera organized and coordinated the shipment of numerous containers of methamphetamine and heroin aboard the cargo ship Leticia, which repeatedly traveled from Altamira, Mexico, to the Port of Tampa.
On or about March 11, 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents at the Port of Tampa inspected a container onboard the Leticia that, according to the ship’s manifest, contained stone blocks, typically used for the building of stone fountains. Agents from Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) imaged the blocks and observed that several of them contained anomalies. After breaching the blocks, the agents uncovered 14 large packages that had been shrink-wrapped with black carbon paper, which contained more than 50 kilograms of methamphetamine and 3 kilograms of heroin.