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Starr County Deputy and Brother Indicted for Drug Trafficking

DEC 09 (LAREDO, Texas) - Amy Reyes, a deputy sheriff with the Starr County Sheriff’s Office, has been charged along with her brother Bobby Lee Reyes alleging they conspired to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, announced Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit, Houston Division and U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

The two-count federal indictment was returned today charging Amy Reyes, 32, and Bobby Lee Reyes, 36, with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute 34 kilograms of marijuana. They are expected to make their initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Diana Song-Quiroga later this week. 

On Nov. 10, 2014, the Rio Grande City residents were arrested at the Border Patrol (BP) Checkpoint located on Highway-16 in Hebbronville. The charges allege Bobby Reyes was driving a 2010 Chevy Malibu vehicle, while Amy Reyes was the front-seat passenger. The criminal complaint alleges that during primary inspection, a canine alerted to the presence of narcotics within the vehicle. Upon examination, agents allegedly discovered 12 bundles of marijuana underneath the vehicle’s floor carpet. The marijuana had an approximate weight of 34.9 kilograms.

Both face a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 possible fine, upon conviction.

BP and the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sanjeev Bhasker is prosecuting the case. An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until convicted through due process of law.

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