Cotulla man sentenced for trafficking over 1000 pounds of marijuana | USAO-SDTX

LAREDO, Texas – A 37-year-old local man has been ordered to federal prison for his role in a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.

Al Lopez pleaded guilty Feb. 8.

Today, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo ordered him to serve a 60-month sentence to be immediately followed by five years of supervised release.

On March 5, 2019, Lopez arrived at the Border Patrol (BP) Checkpoint on Highway 83 north of Laredo, driving a truck with a trailer attached. After a K-9 alerted to the trailer, law enforcement conducted a searched and found 43 bundles wrapped in black tape hidden under the floor of the trailer.

The bundles contained a total of 465.5 kilograms of marijuana with a street value of approximately $300,000.

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

The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation with the assistance of BP. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Fawcett prosecuted the case.

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