South Texas teen gets prison for running drugs

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Associated Press

Posted on April 25, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 25 at 9:02 AM

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — A 19-year-old South Texas man who bragged online about running drugs and recruiting dealers must serve nearly 10 years in prison.

A federal judge in McAllen on Wednesday sentenced Erick Ochoa-Rodriguez of Pharr and noted the teen repeatedly used his age to manipulate the justice system.

A jury in February convicted Ochoa-Rodriguez of conspiring to possess marijuana and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez says Ochoa-Rodriguez "embraced" life as a drug trafficker and continued to disregard the law. Prosecutors say Ochoa-Rodriguez posted Facebook messages bragging about cocaine trafficking, selling guns and recruiting drug dealers.

Ochoa-Rodriguez was arrested in October after a failed attempt to smuggle bundles of marijuana across the Rio Grande.

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