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Feb. 23, 2010


(McALLEN, Texas) – A McAllen area man is in federal custody without bond following the discovery of more than two tons of marijuana in a tanker trailer parked on the grounds of a McAllen area residence, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno and ICE Special Agent in Charge Jerry Robinette announced today.

Jaime Fernandez Cantu, yob 1976, was taken into federal custody on Feb. 18, 2010 and charged with possession with intent to distribute 2,198.5 kilograms of marijuana. He has remained in federal custody without bond since his arrest pending a detention hearing scheduled for this afternoon before U. S. Magistrate Judge Peter Ormsby.

According to the criminal complaint filed on Feb. 19, 2010, ICE agents and officers of the McAllen Police Department discovered 206 bundles containing more than 4,397 pounds of marijuana inside a tanker trailer parked at a residence on N. Ware Rd. in McAllen.   

The offense of possession with intent to distribute more than 1000 kilograms of marijuana carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years imprisonment up to a life term of imprisonment and a $4 million fine.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until convicted through due process of law.



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