Dec. 14, 2009
MEXICAN NATIONAL SENTENCED FOR CARRYING MARIJUANA BUNDLES INTO U.S.
(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – Javier Medina-Obregon aka Jose Torres-Garcia, 55, has been sentenced to 63 months in federal prison, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. Medina-Obregon was convicted by a jury on Sept. 10, 2009, after a three-day trial on a two-count indictment charging conspiring to possess and possession with intent to distribute 361kilograms (707 pounds) of marijuana.
Medina-Obregon, a resident of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, was accused of carrying bundles of marijuana into the U.S. across the river near the San Pedro, Texas, area along with Miguel Angel Hernandez-del Angel, 37.
The charges arose from an investigation conducted by agents of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Rapid Interdiction Strike Team on June 10, 2009. Testimony presented at trial proved agents intercepted a group of individuals as they crossed the river levee at about 10:00 p.m. carrying marijuana bundles. When agents approached, the individuals dropped the bundles and ran through heavy brush south towards the border in an attempt to escape back into Mexico. Agents apprehended Hernandez-del Angel as he came within 100 yards of the river. Medina-Obregon was located a few minutes later with the assistance of a K-9 search - found in the area hiding along the levee in grass three to four feet high. Strike team members recovered 10 bundles, each weighing approximately 70 pounds, wrapped in cellophane and painted black to conceal them in the darkness.
Medina-Obregon has been remanded to the custody of the United States Marshals to begin serving his sentence. Hernandez-del Angel, who had entered a guilty plea on Sept. 1, 2009, was sentenced on Dec. 7, 2009, to 30 months in prison.
This case was investigated by ICE and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Oscar Ponce.
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