HOUSTON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO HEROIN TRAFFICKING CHARGE
Published 10:30 am Sunday, October 3, 2021
NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that, on September 30, 2021, WILSON ROMERO, age 55, of Katy, Texas, pled to one count of possession with the intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(B).
According to court documents, during a traffic stop on May 6, 2019, ROMERO was found with 994 grams of heroin hidden in a vacuum cleaner in the trunk of his vehicle. ROMERO subsequently admitted that he had paid $32,000 for the heroin and was trafficking it from Houston to New Orleans.
ROMERO faces a sentence of between 5 years and 40 years of imprisonment, a fine of up to $5,000,000, at least 4 years of supervised release, and a $100 mandatory special assessment fee. U.S. District Judge Barry W. Ashe set sentencing for January 6, 2022.
U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Louisiana State Police in investigating this case. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Maria M. Carboni and Jonathan L. Shih.