A 29-year-old man faces a first degree felony charge after he was found with nearly 7 kilos of cocaine as he attempted to enter the United States, jail records show.
An investigator with the Edinburg Police Department was called Thursday to the Anzalduas port of entry in Mission related to a call about a man who had attempted to enter the U.S. with cocaine concealed in his vehicle, a news release states.
The investigator, who is part of the agency’s narcotics task force, arrested Magdiel Olarte Reyna, who was found with 6.9 kilos of cocaine concealed within a vehicle he was driving.
Olarte, whose current residence was not available as of press time, was arraigned Friday before Edinburg Municipal Court Judge Toribio “Terry” Palacios. Olarte was given a $200,000 bond on an unlawful possession of a controlled substance charge, the release states.
“The defendant was later transported to the Hidalgo County Detention Center in lieu of bond,” an Edinburg police news release read.
If convicted of the charge, Olarte could face between five years and life in state jail, including a $10,000 fine, according to the state punishment ranges.