LAREDO, Texas – A 28-year-old Laredo native has admitted
to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute more than 135 kilograms
of marijuana, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
On Sept. 13, authorities observed a man -
later identified as Jose Eduardo Flores – carrying a black bundle near an
entrance to a ranch in Laredo. After he returned to his vehicle, authorities
attempted to conduct a traffic stop. However, Flores quickly fled the scene.
Law enforcement found his abandoned vehicle at a nearby
gas station. They conducted a search and removed four black bundles of
marijuana weighing 135.8 kilograms.
The marijuana has an estimated street value of nearly
Authorities were able to locate Flores and took him into
custody. He admitted he knew he was illegally transporting a controlled
District Judge Marina Garcia-Marmolejo will impose sentencing March 18, 2020.
At that time, Flores faces a minimum of five and up to 40 years in federal
prison and a possible $5 million maximum fine.
was permitted to remain on bond pending that hearing.
The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the
investigation with assistance from Border Patrol. Assistant U.S. Attorney Yoona
Lim is prosecuting the case.