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Contraband
02/23/2010

2 tons of marijuana in tanker trailer seized by ICE, 1 arrested

McALLEN, Texas - A local 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. This announcement was made by U.S. Attorney José Angel Moreno, Southern District of Texas, and Special Agent in Charge Jerry Robinette of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Jaime Fernandez Cantu was taken into federal custody on Feb. 18 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 Feb. 23 before U. S. Magistrate Judge Peter Ormsby.

According to the criminal complaint filed on Feb. 19, ICE agents and McAllen Police Department officers 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 criminal offense of possessing 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.