Brownsville traffic stop yields close to 20 pounds of cocaine

      Juan Jose Alvarez

      A 26-year-old man is behind bars after authorities found close to 20 pounds of cocaine in his van.

      U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested Juan Jose Alvarez over the weekend.

      Court records released show that the 26-year-old man was under surveillance by ICE agents.

      A Brownville police officer pulled him over his 2000 Chevrolet van for a defective taillight.

      A K-9 officer allegedly found eight bundles with a 19.84 pounds of cocaine inside the van.

      Alvarez told ICE agents that he was supposed to get paid $400 dollars to deliver the drugs to a man at a local Whataburger.

      The 26-year-old man appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Felix Recio in Brownsville on Monday morning.

      Judge Recio denied bond for Alvarez until a Thursday afternoon hearing.