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Non-DOJ Individuals Pleaded Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit International Money Laundering and Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Heroin

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On September 1, 2020, the sister of a U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) Paralegal Specialist assigned to the Western District of Texas pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit international money laundering, while an associated non-DOJ individual pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute heroin.  Kimberly Loya, the sister of a USAO Paralegal Specialist, and Nathan Lopez, the associated individual, both pleaded guilty in the Western District of Texas.  According to the factual statement in support of Loya’s guilty plea, Loya drove from San Antonio, Texas to Mexico to collect, transport and smuggle drug proceeds for the drug trafficking organization led by her husband, Roland Gustamante, and the border crossing history showed that Loya’s vehicle traveled into Mexico with Loya as an occupant approximately twenty-one times from in or about May 2019 through in or about January 2020.  According to the factual statement in support of Lopez’s guilty plea, beginning in or about early 2020, Lopez stored and distributed heroin for an individual who received their supply from Gustamante’s drug trafficking organization. The investigation is being conducted jointly by OIG’s Houston Area Office, the FBI, and the DEA.

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