McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Four men are scheduled to appear in federal court in South Texas after being indicted on charges they used dump trucks to smuggle marijuana and cocaine through the Rio Grande Valley.
The four men from the border town of Zapata (zuh-PAT'-uh) are accused of concealing the drugs inside dump trucks and other utility vehicles filled with caliche (ke-LEE'-chee) so that they would blend in with other traffic traveling through the ranches in the area.
The Monitor in McAllen reports (http://bit.ly/1jS35y7 ) the defendants would drive the trucks along ranch roads in order to skirt Border Patrol checkpoints in the area.
Federal prosecutors said in a statement that the indictment against the men was unsealed earlier this month. The four are scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.
Information from: The Monitor, http://www.themonitor.com