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2 Valley Men Convicted for Role in Drug Trafficking Ring

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WESLACO – Two Rio Grande Valley men are headed to federal prison after being convicted for their role in a drug trafficking conspiracy.

Jose Angel Marichalar, 36, of Mission, and Jesus Gonzalez, 46, of Hidalgo, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute more than a ton of marijuana.

According to court documents, the two admitted to being part of a drug trafficking organization that would hire out-of-state truck drivers. They would then order the drivers to haul loads of produce with marijuana inside false compartments.

Marichalar and Gonzalez were sentenced to 13 and 9 years in prison, respectively. 

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