May 15, 2009
JURY CONVICTS DALLAS RESIDENT OF MARIJUANA TRAFFICKING
(BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS) – A federal jury has found Arnoldo M. Campos, 62, a U.S. citizen from Dallas, guilty of trafficking more than 200 pounds of marijuana, acting United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. The jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on the conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute charge alleged in the indictment.
The jury’s verdicts were returned in open court on Thursday, May 14, 2009. Evidence presented during trial proved that on Feb.5, 2009, Campos attempted to smuggle 98.30 kilograms of marijuana in a hidden compartment built into the bed of a 1995 Chevy Silverado pickup truck through the Brownsville and Matamoros Port of Entry. The marijuana was discovered by inspectors at the secondary inspection station where a K-9 alerted to the presence of a controlled substance on the bed of truck. Following the K-9 alert, agents confirmed an anomaly within the bed of the pickup truck and subsequently removed the camper and bed liner revealing a sophisticated false bed covering 91 bundles of marijuana. The bundles of marijuana were covered with axle grease in an attempt to avoid detection by the K-9.
United States District Judge Hilda Tagle, who presided over the trial, has set sentencing for Aug.10, 2009. Campos faces a maximum of 20 years imprisonment as well as a $1 million fine. Campos has been permitted to remain free on bond with special conditions that he remain in Brownsville pending his sentencing hearing.
This case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joe Esquivel and Ana Cano.
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