LAREDO, Texas – A 24-year-old Laredo resident
has admitted he conspired to possess with intent to distribute a large quantity
of marijuana, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
On July 18, authorities observed six individuals carrying
bundles near the Rio Grande River in Laredo. They quickly responded to that
area and witnessed a pickup truck driving towards the river.
Jose Gonzalo Ojeda was the driver and fled on foot as law
enforcement approached the vehicle. Authorities soon apprehended him and
recovered 480 pounds of marijuana from his truck.
The drugs have an estimated street value of more than
Ojeda has been and will remain in custody pending
sentencing, which will be set at a later date before U.S. District Judge Diana
Saldana. At that time, he faces a minimum of five and up to 40 years in prison
as well as a possible $5 million fine.
The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the
investigation with assistance from Border Patrol. Assistant U.S. Attorney
Jennifer Day is prosecuting the case.