A former Brownsville City Commission candidate is among three men arrested in a case where authorities seized more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana.
U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents filed formal charges against Carlos Justino Ramos, Alejandro Huerta and Rosbel Andrew Gonzalez on Friday morning.
Court records show that the three Brownsville men are accused of trafficking 2,020 pounds of marijuana.
Agents with the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) in Brownsville and Cameron County Sheriff's Office deputies pulled over an 18-wheeler off U.S. Expressway 77/83 south of Lincoln Road in Harlingen early Thursday afternoon.
A K-9 officer alerted authorities to the presence of illegal drugs leading agents to find the marijuana inside the sealed, wooden crates.
Huerta and Gonzalez allegedly told investigators that they planned the smuggling attempt with Ramos.
Ramos, who also goes by the name Justin Ramos, once worked for Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos and ran for Brownsville City Commission back in April 2005.
Ramos dropped out of the race after a Brownsville Herald investigation revealed that he had a criminal history that included marijuana and theft charges.
Court records show that Ramos had received probation in at least two theft cases and one marijuana case.
Other records show Huerta served one year probation in a misdemeanor assault case while Gonzalez did not appear to have a criminal record.
Ramos and the two others appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Morgan on Friday morning.
Judge Morgan denied bond for all three of them until a Wednesday afternoon hearing.