Records:Brownsville man admits to transporting 240 pounds of marijuana from Mexico into US
A Brownsville man reportedly admitted to attempting to smuggle more than 240 pounds of marijuana across the Brownsville & Matamoros International Bridge on Wednesday, according to the federal criminal complaint against him and a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers say when the driver of a silver 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis arrived at the primary inspection lane, they noticed he was acting nervous, adding that “he only used a single key in the ignition, and there was a lack of crossing history on the vehicle,” according to the criminal complaint.
Officers referred the driver, identified as Tomas Carrizales, 20, of Brownsville, to secondary inspection, where they found nine bundles containing a green, leafy substance inside the trunk of the Mercury Grand Marquis.
A field test found the substance tested positive for the characteristics of marijuana, which had a total street value of $48,157, according to the news release.
Officers arrested Carrizales and turned him over to special agents with Homeland Security Investigations, a division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
According to the criminal complaint:
"During his interview, CARRIZALES admitted to knowingly and intentionally transporting the marijuana from Mexico into the United States and provided a statement detailing the events of his offense."
Federal court records show Carrizales has a preliminary hearing on March 21.
Carrizales' appointed attorney, Arturo Vasquez, wasn't immediately available for comment Friday.