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The man accused of smuggling more than 40 pounds of marijuana in a commercial bus has been identified.
An arrest affidavit filed on Thursday charged Juan Mojica III with possess with intent to distribute marijuana and conspire to possess with intent to distribute the marijuana.
An OMEX bus arrived at the Interstate 35 checkpoint on Sept. 22 at about 12:40 p.m. A K-9 unit allegedly alerted to possible contraband in a suitcase located within the storage area underneath the bus. Agents said the suitcase had a tag with the name of “Juan Mojica” with a destination to San Antonio.
Agents asked passengers who the owner was. Mojica claimed ownership of the suitcase. He allegedly allowed agents to search it. Agents then found five vacuum sealed plastic bags covered in laundry detergent. The vacuum sealed packages contained marijuana. The contraband weighed 40.26 pounds and had an estimated street value of $$32,208.
Drug Enforcement Administration special agents responded to take over the investigation. Mojica allegedly agreed to talk to authorities.
“Mojica admitted to DEA agents his participation in transporting the marijuana. Mojica advised it was his intention to transport the marijuana in the suitcase to San Antonio and that he had pre-planned to sell all of the marijuana to two different buyers upon arrival into San Antonio,” states the affidavit.