LAREDO, Texas – A federal grand jury has returned an indictment against a 36-year-old Mexican citizen on four counts related to the smuggling of 1000 kilograms or more of marijuana, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Jose Campos-Rebulloso will appear before a U.S. magistrate judge in Laredo in the near future.
According to the criminal complaint originally filed in the case, on July 29, law enforcement located a tractor-trailer at a warehouse in Laredo. They conducted a search and soon discovered 232 bundles of marijuana that had been wrapped in plastic with a combined weight of approximately 2,502 kilograms, according to the charges.
Campos-Rebulloso had allegedly drove the tractor-trailer along with the marijuana into the United States from Mexico.
If convicted, he faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life in federal prison.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Scott Bowling is prosecuting the case.
An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until convicted through due process of law.