MCALLEN, Texas – A Texas border woman will spend three years in prison for injecting liquid rubber into at least 30 women seeking to enhance their buttocks. She made them believe it was Botox. Rather than enhance their looks, the rubber turned out to be a toxic chemical that sent several women to the hospital and killed one.
“Unfortunately the sentencing range on this charge only allows me to sentence you to up to three years,” U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez told 39-year-old Elva Navarro during her sentencing hearing. “If I could sentence you to more time I would, unfortunately, I have to follow the law and this this case this is all I can give you.”
Alvarez previously plead guilty to using adulterated products not approved by the FDA. Navarro remains under indictment in state court for practicing medicine without a license and for aggravated kidnapping for her role in the 2012 kidnapping of a college student. Navarro’s attorney Terry Canales said during the hearing that his client was also looking at a murder charge in connection with the victim that died from the injections.
As previously reported by Breitbart Texas, Navarro had been out on bond on the state charges but was arrested on federal charges earlier this year.
According to court records obtained by Breitbart Texas, since 2010, Navarro had been in the Spa business and began promoting a series of injections to enhance a woman’s buttocks. Charging several hundred dollars per treatment and even offering payment plan’s Navarro targeted primarily women who were in the country illegally and worked in bars.
One of the women ended up in the emergency in 2012 and soon other followed, however despite the warnings, Navarro kept injecting her clients with the toxic chemical leading to the death of Zenyacent Reyes in October 2013.
During the hearing, Maria Antonieta Reyes Gonzalez, the mother of Zenyacent Reyes said that while Navarro would get the opportunity to keep tabs on her children from her jail cell, her grandchildren had been left without a mother.
“The four-year-old asks me ‘when is mommy coming home’ I tell him that soon,” Reyes said. “These children need the love of a mother but that love was ripped away by greed.”