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Man accused of smuggling narcotics says he faced threats

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January 14, 2014

A man busted with marijuana valued at more than $2 million at the federal checkpoint off Interstate 35 claimed someone threatened him to smuggle the narcotics to San Antonio, a criminal complaint filed Monday states.
Crecencio Torres-Tortoza, 41, was charged with possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance. He remains behind bars pending a preliminary examination and detention hearing set for Thursday.
A white Freightliner tractor bearing Kentucky license plates driven by Torres-Tortoza approached the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on mile marker 29 of I-35 at about 11:45 a.m. Jan. 9. Agents identified Torres-Tortoza as the driver.
During an immigration inspection, a narcotics detection dog alerted agents the possible presence of contraband within the vehicle. But the agent conducting primary inspection did not see or hear the dog handler’s request to send the vehicle to secondary inspection, a criminal complaint reads.
Agents caught up to Torres-Tortoza on mile marker 32 of Interstate 35. A strong odor of marijuana emitted from inside the trailer once agents opened the trailer’s door. An X-ray revealed a compartment toward the front of the trailer behind an alleged false wall.
Agents inspected the area and found 210 bundles of marijuana. The 2,555 pounds of pot seized had an estimated street value of $2,044,000. In a post-arrest interview, Torres-Tortoza told Drug Enforcement Administration agents that an unknown man had approached him in Laredo. The unnamed man threatened Torres-Tortoza. He was instructed to drive the marijuana to San Antonio, according to court documents.

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