July 27, 2010
JURY CONVICTS LOUISIANA MAN TOWING MORE THAN 4000 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA
UNDER LOAD OF MESQUITE
(LAREDO, Texas) – After two days of trial and approximately two hours of deliberation, a federal jury has convicted Albert Addison Bush, of conspiring to and possessing with intent to distribute more than 4000 pounds of marijuana, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.
The jury returned its verdict convicting Bush, 54, of Alexandria, Louisiana, of both counts alleged in the indictment earlier today. United States District Court Judge Joseph M. Hood, who presided over the trial, remanded Bush to custody without bond pending sentencing following the announcement of the verdicts.
During trial, the jury heard testimony from agents of the United States Border Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration describing the events of February 22, 2010. On that date, Bush arrived at the at the United States Border Patrol Highway 16 Checkpoint near Hebbronville, Texas, driving a 2001 Ford F-350 pickup truck with Louisiana License plates towing a black 2008 gooseneck trailer with Texas plates. The trailer was loaded with mesquite. After a canine alert on the gooseneck trailer, the agents discovered a metal box concealed underneath the mesquite wood. Within the box agents found 1879 kilograms, or 4138 pounds, of marijuana. The marijuana has a wholesale value in excess of $3,000,000 in Louisiana.
At sentencing, Bush faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in federal prison up to a maximum life term; a $4 million dollar fine and no less than five years supervised release. Judge Hood has ordered the preparation of a Presentence Investigation Report. A sentencing date will be set after that report is completed.
Assistant U. S. Attorney Thomas Calhoun-Lopez prosecuted the case.
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