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Border Patrol foils armed drug traffickers

September 12, 2018

BROWNSVILLE — Border Patrol agents in Brownsville arrested an alleged drug trafficker armed with a pistol last weekend near the River Bend Golf Course.

Federal authorities charge Jose Carlos Vera-Vazquez, Juan Carlos Medina-Gonzalez and Geremias Marcial-Lopez with knowingly possessing with intent to distribute 65.82 pounds of marijuana, along with conspiracy to do the same. The trio is also charged with knowingly possessing with intent to distribute 6.89 pounds of methamphetamine, along with conspiracy to do the same.

A criminal complaint reveals that the investigation began after a Border Patrol agent observed several people swim across the Rio Grande just south of the River Bend Golf Course.

Border Patrol agents who were assisted by a canine unit responded to the location and air support identified four people walking through the brush northbound toward FM 281.

During the search, the agents first discovered Medina-Gonzalez, along with an air compressor and three bundles, who told them there were other people in the brush who were armed with pistols.

As the search continued, authorities found Vera-Vazquez, who had a loaded 9mm pistol magazine, according to a criminal complaint, which states a 9 mm pistol was found about 10 feet from the man.

Authorities later discovered Marcial-Lopez and a male juvenile, and arrested all four.

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