Package bombing victim makes Brownsville court appearance

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A man who was injured during a package bombing in Brownsville has made his first court appearance in the Rio Grande Valley.

Jesus Mauricio Juarez, Jr. is among five people named in a four-page federal drug trafficking indictment from Brownsville.

The 26-year-old Brownsville man had initially been taken into federal custody in Houston two weeks ago.

Juarez remained in custody since that time and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Morgan in Brownsville on Monday morning.

Judge Morgan denied bond for Juarez until a Thursday afternoon hearing.

Juarez 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 have been publicly identified or arrested for the bombing but a federal grand jury handed down the indictment against Juarez and four others on Tuesday, April 23rd.

According to the indictment, Juarez and the four others 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 at 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.

One unnamed suspect remains a fugitive while suspects Francisco Javier Maya, Ruben Gonzalez-Cavazos and Alberto Martinez have all appeared in court.