Progreso ISD school board member jailed for drug smuggling

      Felix Hernandez, Jr. // Progreso ISD Photo

      A Progreso ISD school board member is behind bars under a $1.25 million dollar bond after being arrested for smuggling marijuana.

      Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) state troopers arrested 31-year-old Felix Hernandez, Jr. on felony drug charges late Saturday afternoon.

      Court records obtained by Action 4 News show that state troopers made the arrested as part of an ongoing investigation by the DPS Criminal Investigations Division.

      A state trooper pulled over an 18-wheeler driven by Hernandez during a traffic stop off Los Ebanos Road and Mile 7 North near Mission.

      Hernandez allegedly had 1,250 pounds of marijuana in the trailer.

      The Progreso school board member appeared before Hidalgo County Pct 3-2 Justice of the Peace Melo Ochoa on Sunday where he was issued a $1.25 million dollar bond.

      Hernandez remained in custody at the Hidalgo County Jail as of early Monday afternoon.

      Progreso Indenpendent School District officials were not immediately available for comment.