Valley Man Sentenced To Long Prison Term in Drug Trafficking Case

File Photo of Falfurrias Checkpoint

CORPUS CHRISTI–A Brownsville man gets sentenced to more than 24 years in federal prison after he gets caught trying to smuggle a big load  of methamphetamine through a Coastal Bend checkpoint.

Joe Cruz III, 24, was arrested with 10 kilograms of methamphetamine last June driving with a large amount of meth through the Falfurrias Checkpoint in Brooks County.

Agents sent him and his Pontiac Grand Am for a secondary inspection when a K-9 officer alerted them there was something suspicious. The inspection resulted in the discovery of nine bundles of methamphetamine in the rear speaker deck of the vehicle.    

Agents determined the meth was smuggled through the Gateway International Bridge in Brownsville a few hours earlier. A lab analysis of the methamphetamine showed a purity level of 99.9%.

Cruz was found guilty by a jury last November of possession with an intent to deliver. Today, Corpus Christi Federal Judge Janis Jack sentenced him to 292 months in federal prison to be followed by a five years of supervised release.

–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune,

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