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Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 8:41 pm

McALLEN — Nine men who were arrested by federal authorities Tuesday for their alleged roles in a large drug trafficking ring went before a judge Wednesday morning.

During the hearing, U.S. Magistrate Judge Dorina Ramos ordered that the nine men be held without bond until a detention hearing set for later this week.

The men at the hearing were Mission attorney Jose Palacios Jr., used car lot owner Jose Palacios Sr., Baldemar “Calzon” Montalvo, Enrique Montalvo, Thomas Garcia, Ivan Campos Landa, David Ulloa Correa, Edmundo Canales and Elee “Eli” Campos.

The men are some of the 17 defendants named in a 16-count indictment accusing them of drug conspiracy charges involving amounts ranging from 45 pounds to more than 4,000 pounds of marijuana, as well as one charge of money laundering, court records show.

On Tuesday morning, federal agents arrested the men at their homes in Rio Grande City, Mission, Edinburg and McAllen.

During one of the raids, a 14-year-old boy thought federal agents were in fact people breaking into his home and charged at them, trying to take the gun from one of the agents; the teen was taken before 449th state District Judge Jesse Contreras to face juvenile charges for assaulting a peace officer, court officials confirmed.

On Friday, federal agents arrested the first person tied to the case in Rio Grande City, Sostenes Ferreira Garcia, who remained detained pending a detention hearing set for Thursday.

On Monday, Delfino Bazan and his wife Alejandrina “Alex” Martinez were arrested in Houston. Martinez was released on bond, but Bazan was sent to McAllen for a detention hearing later this week.

“My client has a clean criminal record and we look forward to our day in court,” Carlos A. Garcia, a defense attorney representing Palacios Jr., said after the hearing.

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