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Posted: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 12:08 am

BROWNSVILLE — A man charged in a drug smuggling case that originated from an investigation into a January bombing in Brownsville is named in another indictment alleging that he and six other men smuggled more than 20,000 pounds of marijuana.

The indictment against Javier Francisco Maya, which was unsealed in late October, also accuses him of knowingly possessing more than a ton of marijuana with intent to distribute, possessing 1,026.87 pounds of marijuana with intent to distribute and possessing 2,585 pounds of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Maya has pleaded not guilty to those charges.

He is charged along with Jose Angel Marichalar Jr., also known as “Pecas” or “Pepin;” Angel Barraza, also known as “El Gordo,” “Marrano” or “Doc;” Jesus Gonzalez, also known as “Cowboy;” Delton Hinderliter, also known as “La Nube;” Chad Jobe; and Phillip Cross, also known as “Big Daddy.”

The group faces numerous charges contained in the 13-count indictment, which alleges the activity spanned from January 2010 until the return of the indictment in late October.

A criminal complaint states that the Drug Enforcement Administration and Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant April 3, 2012, in the Edinburg area, and found 2,609 pounds of marijuana in a secret compartment in a tractor-trailer.

Agents contacted Cross, who was in possession of the tractor and trailer with a company named “Big Daddy Trucking,” court documents show.

The criminal complaint states that Cross told authorities that Gonzalez supplied the tractor and trailer and that he was attempting to transport the marijuana for a drug trafficking organization.

When police talked to Gonzalez, he told authorities that he knew the load was at least 1,500 pounds and that the drug trafficking organization would pay Cross $5,000 for transporting the marijuana, according to the criminal complaint.

Maya appeared this week in federal court in Cameron County, where numerous pre-trial motions were considered. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Texas, recently filed a motion indicating it wants to try all the defendants at the same time.

The indictment seeks forfeiture of several properties in Mission, Palmview and Brownsville, as well as a $10 million money judgment.

In a previous indictment for another investigation, Javier Francisco Maya was charged along with four other men — including Jesus Mauricio Juarez Jr., injured in a Jan. 11 bombing — with drug trafficking charges stemming from an investigation into the bomb attack. Maya has pleaded not guilty to those charges, as well.

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