CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 30-year-old citizen and national
of Mexico has been ordered to federal prison for Marijuana trafficking,
announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. Ismael Padron-Garcia pleaded
guilty Aug. 3, 2017.
Today, U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack sentenced
Padron to a total of 24 months imprisonment. Not a U.S. citizen, he is expected
to face deportation proceedings following his release from prison.
On May 15, 2017, law enforcement learned of suspected
illegal aliens on a train stopped approximately two miles north of the Refugio
county line on Highway 77. Authorities responded to the scene and witnessed
Padron-Garcia jump off of a gondola car. He was apprehended shortly thereafter
in a nearby cornfield.
Inside of the train, they discovered several bundles later
confirmed to contain marijuana, totaling 205.66 kilograms. The investigation
later linked Padron to the bundles.
Padron-Garcia has been and will remain in custody pending
transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near
Border Patrol, Drug Enforcement Administration, the Union
Pacific Railroad Police and the Refugio County Sheriff’s Office conducted the
investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda L. Gould is prosecuting the case.