grand jury found a Mexican transfer driver guilty Aug. 13 for
intending to distribute three tons of marijuana - the largest
seized marijuana load to cross the Laredo border this year.
Romero, of Nuevo Laredo, was arrested March 8 at the World Trade
Bridge after U.S. Customs inspectors used a mobile x-ray scan
and detected 6,076 pounds of marijuana in the tractor-trailer
he was driving. The marijuana was found among a load of auto parts.
to the marijuana seizure, inspectors also confiscated $1,400 found
in the defendant's wallet.
to testimony presented in trial, a company in Nuevo Laredo, Transportes
Tamez, hired Romero to transport the cargo.
attorney, Eduardo Jaime, told jurors his client was not aware
he was transporting marijuana and thought he was hauling a legitimate
load into Laredo as he had many times before. Jaime explained
that the marijuana was not visible to the naked eye, because it
was stashed in already wrapped boxes ready to be transported when
he picked up the trailer.
expected to be sentenced by mid November following a pre-sentence