Brownsville package bombing victim named in federal drug case
A Brownsville man who was injured in a January package bombing has been named as a suspect in a federal marijuana trafficking case.
Federal court records show that 26-year-old Jesus Mauricio Juarez, Jr. is among five people named in a four-page indictment out of Brownsville.
The Brownsville man was injured along with his wife and 5-year-old daughter after a bomb inside a Federal Express package detonated at their Resaca Vista Drive home in January.
No suspects in the bombing have been publicly identified or arrested but a federal grand jury handed down the indictment against Juarez and four others on Tuesday, April 23rd.
The case remained sealed until Wednesday when U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) arrested several of the suspects.
According to the indictment, Juarez and the other four are accused of smuggling at least 1,000 pounds of marijuana from the Rio Grande Valley and on up north.
Federal prosecutors alleged the group smuggled drugs between September and December 2012. The package bomb arrived Juarez's home in January.
The indictment shows that federal prosecutors are also looking to seek $500,000 dollars in drug profits from the group.
Suspects Francisco Javier Maya, Ruben Gonzalez-Cavazos and Alberto Martinez all appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Felix Recio in Brownsville on Wednesday morning.
Judge Recio denied bond for the three men until their Monday afternoon arraignment where a bond hearing will also be held.
Records show that Juarez has not made an appearance in court but spent time under heavy medication at a burn center in San Antonio.