Houston man stole 25 Jeeps worth over $1M and sold them to Mexican drug cartels, feds say

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A man from Houston has found himself in legal hot water as federal authorities allege he orchestrated a plan to purloin a fleet of Jeeps, subsequently selling them across the border in Mexico to drug cartels.

The individual, identified as 29-year-old Kenneth Dwayne Westbrook, is accused of appropriating 25 vehicles, collectively valued at over $1 million, as per the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The arrest of Westbrook ensued after the FBI’s Houston division conducted a thorough probe into the matter.

According to the FBI, Westbrook allegedly enlisted individuals via Instagram, offering compensation in exchange for their services in renting vehicles on his behalf. These vehicles were then reportedly transported to Mexico and sold to members of drug cartels.

Westbrook was expected to appear in court for the first time on Monday afternoon.

Should he be found guilty, Westbrook could be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in a federal penitentiary, along with a potential fine of up to $250,000 for each charge in the indictment.

Source: KHOU