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Texas Bus Passenger Sentenced to 15 Years for Smuggling Meth in Shampoo Bottle

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    A bus passenger in South Texas has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for trying to smuggle methamphetamine across the border in a shampoo bottle.

    A federal judge in Corpus Christi on Tuesday sentenced 34-year-old Pedro Guerra-Ruiz of Rio Grande City. Guerra-Ruiz pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

    Guerra-Ruiz was arrested Feb. 1 at the Sarita checkpoint when Border Patrol agents boarded the commercial bus during inspections. Investigators say Guerra-Ruiz had a backpack with an obviously altered shampoo bottle. The contents yielded meth.

    Guerra-Ruiz told authorities that he was being paid $1,000 to transport the methamphetamine to Houston.