2 face up to life terms in Texas-Mexico drug case

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Associated Press

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 8:32 AM

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — Two men face up to life in U.S. prisons after being convicted of helping smuggle drugs into Texas and weapons to Mexico.

Prosecutors say Emilio Villalobos-Alcala and Jose Eluid Lugo-Lopez were being held Tuesday pending sentencing later this year.

A federal jury in Del Rio on Friday convicted the pair of conspiracy to import marijuana, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to possess firearms in a drug trafficking crime and two counts of smuggling goods from the U.S.

Prosecutors say the men were based in Piedras Negras, Mexico, and linked to smuggling since 2011.

Weapons and ammunition bought in San Antonio were hidden in vehicles and driven across the border at Eagle Pass. Prosecutors say marijuana smuggled across the Rio Grande reached San Antonio, Dallas and Houston.

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