Large Marijuana Bust Lands South Texas Man in Jail

Suspect hauled more than 5 tons of marijuana by tractor trailer

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    A South Texas man has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for hauling more than five tons of marijuana in a tractor trailer.

    The U.S. attorney's office says that 44-year-old Hector Garza Martinez of Alamo was driving the Falfurrias checkpoint's largest drug seizure of 2011 when he was caught there, about an hour north of the border, in July. The 470 bundles of marijuana were concealed in a load of cotton seed.

    On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos in Corpus Christi sentenced Garza Martinez to 145 months in prison on a count of possession with intent to distribute the drugs.