Two Houston-area residents have pleaded guilty to possessing 777 kilograms of meth to distribute, US attorneys say

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Two Houston-area residents pleaded guilty to possessing and distributing 777 kilograms of meth, U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery announced Tuesday.

Eduardo Figueroa Jr., 26, of Cleveland, and Cynara Lucia Sarmiento, 23, of Conroe, both pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute meth, records show.

According to Lowery, Figueroa hired Sarmiento as his assistant and tasked her with renting a warehouse in Houston and founding Hive Logistics.

On May 12, 2021, authorities searched the camp and found 777 kilograms of meth, 10 kilograms of cocaine, books, two pistols and five magazines.

Investigators say the meth was in metal drums labeled “mango puree.”

As part of the plea deal, Figueroa admitted the meth was part of a larger shipment he received, about 800 kilograms of which had already been delivered to several people.

Sarmiento admitted to making a ledger for the drugs and supplying them with Figueroa at least once. The estimated street value of the meth is $29 million, officials say.

The verdict was set for June 1 before US District Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa. Figueroa and Sarmito each face life imprisonment and a possible maximum fine of $10 million.

Figueroa was and will remain in custody pending this hearing, while Sarmiento has been allowed to remain on bail.

This case is part of a March 2021 investigation into the export and straw purchase of firearms that identified Figueroa as a recruiter, investigators say.

Figueroa also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to buy straw five shotguns on November 22, 2021.

Investigations from Homeland Security and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation. Assistant US Attorney M. Alexis Garcia is prosecuting the case.

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