No bond for admitted smuggler shot by Border Patrol

Staff Report
The Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - An admitted drug smuggler who was shot by a pair of U.S. Border Patrol agents in 2005 -- must remain in custody.

Osvaldo Aldrete Davila was in court today in El Paso seeking bond, but the hearing ended without a decision.

A judge gave Aldrete's lawyer until next week to submit written evidence in favor of letting the suspect free before his trial on drug smuggling charges.

Now-ex agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean were convicted last year of violating Aldrete's civil rights and of tampering with evidence. Both are in prison.

During today's hearing, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent testified evidence showed Aldrete, months after the shooting, was back in the U.S. driving loads of marijuana.

Aldrete was indicted in October on charges of conspiracy and possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute. He was arrested this month at the border.