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

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Roma Man Sentenced for Trafficking Marijuana

McALLEN, Texas ‐ Jaime Cisneros, 50, of Roma, has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of possessing with intent to distribute approximately 434 kilograms of marijuana, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Saenz pleaded guilty Feb. 2, 2015.

Today, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo, handed Cisneros a 155-month sentence to be immediately followed by four years of supervised release. At the hearing, the court considered Cisneros’s 2003 drug trafficking conviction out of Corpus Christi as well as two other instances in which Cisneros was involved in the trafficking of large quantities of marijuana. Judge Marmolejo further increased Cisneros’s sentence by finding he was a manager or supervisor of the extensive drug trafficking organization.

On March 19, 2014, Cisneros directed co-conspirators to conceal 43 bundles of marijuana in a brushy area in Fronton. Law enforcement approached the area and were able to seize 43 bundles of marijuana weighing approximately 434 kilograms.

Cisneros will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The investigation leading to the charges was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations and Border Patrol. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristen Rees prosecuted the case.

Updated July 7, 2015