Mexican councilwoman Denisse Ahumada-Martinez, 34, reached a plea agreement in the United States to reduce her sentence for drug trafficking after being arrested in Texas with 42 kilos of cocaine.
Denisse Ahumada-Martinez, 34, the Reynosa, Tamaulipas councilwoman who was arrested on June 10 by Texas authorities while transporting 42 kilograms of cocaine in her vehicle, reached a plea agreement in the United States.
The former official pleaded guilty to charges of distribution and sale of cocaine and, in exchange for accepting responsibility, her sentence would be reduced, according to the Telemundo affiliate in McAllen.
The additional case she faces, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, would be dismissed, according to court documents.
In addition, as a result of the guilty plea, if the defendant is not a U.S. citizen, she faces being removed from the country, being denied U.S. citizenship or being denied entry into the United States in the future. If she had acquired naturalized citizenship, she would lose it.
It should be noted that this plea agreement contrasts with the statements she previously issued, as she said she had acted under alleged threats against her by a criminal group, according to her lawyer, Samuel Reyes, at the time.
She was arrested twice
Denisse was first arrested on June 10 in Falfurrias, Texas, in possession of 42 kilos of cocaine hidden in the seats and doors of the van in which she was traveling.
The narcotics were wrapped in aluminum foil and were found after an X-ray search. In addition, Ahumada confessed that this was not the first time he had transported drugs.
Although he admitted that he drove the unit from Mexico to the U.S. through the Hidalgo Port of Entry to transport the substance, on June 15 a judge ordered his release on the grounds that there was insufficient evidence against him.
Subsequently, on June 17, she was arrested again in Hidalgo County. In the new accusation, the councilwoman was accused of conspiring with other people to distribute controlled substances.
For its part, the National Action Party (PAN), to which the official belonged, distanced itself from the woman and condemned her conduct.