The owner of a Texas trucking company is accused of having his employees deliver drugs, according to a federal indictment.
Javier Casas, the owner of Heavenly Transport LLC, in McAllen, Texas, was arrested Oct. 22 by agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as part of an investigation that began in January.
Both Casas and Matthew Luna, a truck driver for the company, are charged with one count each of drug possession and conspiracy to distribute. Both men are U.S. citizens.
According to the affidavit filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, on Jan. 12 a maroon Volvo tractor driven by Heavenly Transport driver Luna was stopped at Falfurrias Border Patrol Crossing when a drug dog alerted on the trailer. A search of the trailer found approximately 376 pounds of marijuana stuffed in duffle bags amid a load of office furniture.
Luna was arrested and questioned by Homeland Security agents on Jan. 13. According to the indictment he told investigators that he picked up the pre-loaded trailer from Casas’ ranch with instructions to deliver it to Kentwood, Mich. He also reportedly told investigators that Casas “told him to take some duffel bags of narcotics,” but he did not know the type of drug or the amount.
Luna alleges he was then supposed to meet Casas in Austin where the drugs would be dropped off. He said he was to be paid $2,500 for the trip, but was usually paid between $5,000 and $7,000 when transporting narcotics.
A GPS tracking device on the truck showed it diverted from its assigned route on Jan. 12, and the coordinates from the device correspond to the exact location of Casas’ ranch, according to the affidavit.
Casas appeared in court on Oct. 23. He is being held without bond pending a detention hearing on Oct. 28.
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