POSTED: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 3:11pm
UPDATED: Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 10:17pm
MCALLEN, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — A jury has convicted a Rio Grande City woman for conspiracy to possess and with intent to distribute marijuana.
The federal jury took only two hours to convict Celia Raquel Zuniga, 45, following a two day trial in a McAllen federal court.
Court documents show that on December 6, 2012 Starr County deputies observed three vehicle driving in tandem on Expressway 83 near the Starr and Hidalgo county line.
Deputies witnessed one of the vehicles make an illegal lane change and conducted a traffic stop identifying Zuniga as the driver.
A K-9 unit alerted deputies to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle and found 24 bundles of marijuana weighing over 535 pounds.
In her defense, Zuniga testified that she had been kidnapped by several men on her way to a friend's house and taken to a cemetery where the bundles were loaded into her vehicle.
Zuniga's sentencing trial has been set for December of this year at which time she could face a minimum of five and up to 40 years in federal prison.