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Previously deported Mexican man in East Texas convicted of drug trafficking, immigration violations

February 20, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Previously deported Mexican man in East Texas convicted of drug trafficking, immigration violations

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A Mexican native who was deported from the U.S. on two occasions was convicted on Wednesday of drug trafficking and immigration violations, according to U.S. Attorney Alan R. Jackson, of the Eastern District of Texas.

According to a Justice Department press release, the case was investigated by the DEA, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

On February 14th, after a three-day trial, 48-year-old Conrado Depaz Arellano, who was illegally living in Carthage, Texas, was convicted of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. On February 12th, Arellano pleaded guilty to being in the country illegally following deportation.

According to court records, a vehicle was pulled over for a traffic violation in the Western District of Texas by U.S. Border Patrol agents back in August.

The car contained two kilos of cocaine, which was meant to be delivered to Arellano in Carthage. Federal officials arranged for the cocaine to be delivered to Arellano as planned, and arrested him at that time for drug trafficking offenses.

When he was taken into custody, Arellano had two Mexican identification documents on him.

Further inquiry indicated that Arellano had been deported to Mexico in 2012 and 2007 and had since illegally returned to the U.S. The man was indicted by a federal grand jury in September 2017.

Under federal law, Arellano is facing up to 40 years in a federal lockup.

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