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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 13, 2022

Mexican trafficker convicted following two-ton marijuana seizure

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 20-year-old Mexican citizen faces up to life in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to transport over four thousand pounds of marijuana, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.

Jorge Monjaraz-Perez pleaded guilty today.

At the hearing, he admitted he conspired with a drug trafficking organization to move at least 1,886 kilograms of marijuana. 

He also acknowledged running a marijuana stash house in Brownsville and that he participated in at least seven drug trafficking events. Law enforcement seized all the marijuana, each ranging between 91 kilograms and 528 kilograms.

U.S. District Judge Fernando Rodriguez Jr. will impose sentencing April 19. At that time, Monjaraz-Perez faces up to life in prison.

He has been and will remain on bond pending that hearing.

The FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation with the assistance of Border Patrol and Texas Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney David A. Lindenmuth is prosecuting the case.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated January 13, 2022