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Sept. 25, 2012

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Oklahoma Man Found Guilty of Smuggling Marijuana
Jury Returns Verdict in Just 25 Minutes

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Johnny Tom Crossland, 64, of Altus, Okla., has been found guilty as charged in relation to the smuggling of marijuana through the Falfurrias Border Patrol Checkpoint, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. The federal jury returned its verdict late yesterday following approximately 25 minutes of deliberation in Corpus Christi.

During trial, the United States presented evidence that on March 18, 2012, Crossland drove from Altus to McAllen, Texas, where they picked up a recreational vehicle (RV) loaded with marijuana and were to transport it back to Oklahoma.

Border Patrol agents testified that they recovered a total of 219 kilograms of marijuana from the RV at the checkpoint. Following his arrest, Crossland admitted he knew there was “weed” in the RV and that he was being paid $500 to drive the vehicle back to Oklahoma. Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) testified that Crossland was visibly surprised when told how much marijuana was recovered.   

U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, who presided over the trial, has set sentencing for Dec. 21, 2012, at which time he will face up to 20 years in federal prison. Crossland has been in custody since his arrest where he will remain pending sentencing.

The case was investigated by Customs and Border Protection and the DEA. Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey D. Preston prosecuted the case.