Months after being shot by a pair of U.S. Border Patrol agents, an admitted Mexican drug smuggler was back in the United States driving loads of marijuana, a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration investigator said Thursday.
DEA Agent Robert Holguin testified at a bond hearing that Osvaldo Aldrete Davila, the smuggler shot during a failed smuggling attempt in 2005, has been connected to at least two more smuggling attempts. Aldrete is facing drug charges after his arrest at the border this month.
Holguin said one of the later smuggling attempts, in September 2005, ended after Aldrete ditched a marijuana-laden van in a pecan orchard after running into Border Patrol agents. Aldrete apparently told a friend "everything went bad" and he was forced to run south into Mexico, Holguin said.
Thursday's bond hearing ended without a decision from U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard P. Mesa after the judge agreed to give Aldrete's lawyer, Ruben Hernandez, until next week to submit written evidence in support of setting Aldrete free until his trial. Hernandez declined to comment after the hourlong hearing.
Aldrete was indicted last month on charges of conspiracy and possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute.
According to the indictment, Aldrete was responsible for at least two loads of marijuana being brought to the United States.
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