Leader of marijuana distribution ring sentenced to prison
CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — A Corpus Christi resident has been sentenced to prison for his involvement in a marijuana distribution ring.
Jose Maria Carbajal Jr., 42, was sentenced to nine years in prison for his involvement in distributing more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana and making a false statement on a loan application to a federally insured bank.
Federal investigators report that Carbajal led an organized effort to transport marijuana from September 2008 to January 2011 through ranches around the Falfurrias Border Patrol checkpoint using four wheel vehicles.
The four wheelers would be loaded with marijuana south of the checkpoint and then driven north through ranches and the transported via ordinary means for distribution.
Investigators say Carbajal also admitted to his assistance with the Zeta drug cartel in uncovering the identity of those individuals cooperating with the government . One of those request was showing two Zeta operatives the home addresses of two Brooks County law enforcement officials.
From recorder conversations, the Zeta operatives were to kidnap the officers to coerce them into revealing the names of individuals cooperating with the government in drug investigations.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations and the Brooks County Sheriff’s Department.