ALPINE - Two men are facing federal drug trafficking charges after authorities found more than 480 pounds of marijuana on a Van Horn ISD School Bus last year.
Charges have been filed against 22-year-old Anthony Paredez-Juarez of Odessa and 20-year-old George Jacob Cosme-Baird of Presidio. Both have been charged with one count of attempted possession of between 100 kilograms and 1,000 kilograms of marijuana and one count of possession with intent to distribute between 100 kilograms and 1,000 kilograms of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school.
As you may recall, back on November 19, 2012, a Van Horn ISD School bus was being used to transport students from Presidio back to Van Horn after a basketball game.
While the bus driver was refueling at a convenience store in Marfa, the bus driver noticed several duffle bags in the bay area of the bus that weren't there when they left Van Horn earlier in the day.
U.S. Border Agents, who were at the convenience store, took possession of the duffle bags after they found the marijuana inside the bags.
The men each face a minimum of five years in federal prison for each count up to a life sentence. Both men also face possible fines totaling $15 million.
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