LAREDO, Texas – A 47-year-old resident of Hebbronville has
been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of conspiracy and
possession with the intent to distribute more than 50 kilograms of marijuana,
announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. Eden Alan Martinez pleaded guilty
Jan. 23, 2017.
Today, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia-Marmolejo ordered
sentenced Eden Martinez to 40 months to be immediately followed by three years
of supervised release.
On Nov. 7, 2016, Eden Martinez took part in a conspiracy to
smuggle marijuana by attempting to circumvent the Highway 16 Border Patrol
Checkpoint near Hebbronville. He was driving a 2008 blue Chevrolet Silverado
pick-up truck in which authorities found 111.5 kilograms of marijuana in the
engine compartment, front bumper and rear quarter panels.
Eden Martinez has been in custody since his arrest on Nov.
7, 2016, where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons
facility to be determined in the near future.
The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Border Patrol
conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney José Angel Flores Jr.
prosecuted the case.