45-year-old Hugo Morales from Edinburg was convicted of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine.
On February 11, 2017, authorities conducted a roadside inspection of the tractor-trailer Morales was driving. At that time, more than 33 kilograms of cocaine was found hidden inside tarps strapped on his flatbed trailer.
As part of his plea, Morales also agreed to the forfeiture of multiple vehicles, as well as cash and jewelry.
U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos accepted his plea. Sentencing is set for November 16, 2017. Morales faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison as well as a $10 million fine.