April 16, 2009
JURY CONVICTS FOUR OF MARIJUANA TRAFFICKING
(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – A jury has returned it verdicts convicting four Mexican nationals for conspiring to and possessing with intent to distribution almost 120 kilograms of marijuana, acting United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today.
Martin Reyes-Cedillo, 19, Federico Turrubiates-Garza, 41, Alejandro Hernandez-Vera, 24, and Erick Herrera-Gutierrez, 24, Mexican citizens and resident of Matamoros, Mexico, were found guilty of the two federal felony offenses. All four defendants will remain in federal custody without bond pending a sentencing hearing set for July 13, 2009. Each faces no less than five and a maximum of 40 years imprisonment for each of the two counts of conviction.
During trial, the jury heard testimony that on Jan. 6, 2009, after a sensor hit along the Rio Grande River, four men identified as the four defendants, were found hiding in a brush area near the Rio Grande River. Within 15 yards of their location, five bundles containing marijuana were found in the brush. Each of the four men had strap marks on their shoulders.
This case was investigated by Customs and Border Protection and the Drug Enforcement Administration and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joe Esquivel and Ana Cano.
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