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Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014 10:27 pm

The first defendant charged in a drug trafficking investigation that originated in an FBI investigation into a bomb attack in Brownsville has been sentenced  to prison.

Ruben Gonzalez-Cavazos was sentenced Monday to a little less than four years in prison and a $15,000 fine, court documents show.

He pleaded guilty last year to knowingly and intentionally possessing with intent to distribute about 1,000 pounds of marijuana. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped a conspiracy to distribute marijuana charge, court documents show.

A co-defendant, Fran cisco Javier Maya, went to trial and last week was found guilty of conspiracy to distribute 100 kilograms of marijuana and knowingly and intentionally possessing with intent to distribute 1,000 pounds of marijuana.

Jesus Mauricio Juarez Jr., who was badly injured in a Jan. 11, 2013, bomb attack at his Brownsville home, Adolfo Lozano Luna and Alberto Mart inez have all pleaded guilty to knowingly and intentionally possessing with intent to distribute 1,000 pounds of marijuana and will be sentenced Thursday, court records show.

Testimony and court records have revealed the drug trafficking investigation into the defendants originated in the Jan. 11, 2013, bombing at a Brownsville home and indicate that 1,000 pounds of marijuana had been hijacked from the defendants in December 2012.

Gonzalez-Cavazos was also sentenced to two years in prison for being an undocumented immigrant in possession of a firearm. That sentence will run concurrent with the drug trafficking sentence.

Court documents show that FBI agents interviewed him on Feb. 8, 2013, and he told them he crossed the Rio Grande illegally and was from Cercado, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

Gonzalez-Cavazos told agents he had a loaded handgun at a Mission residence. As part of his sentence, the weapon, a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun, was ordered forfeited to the government, court documents show.

mreagan@brownsvilleherald.com

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