Two Texarkana men have been arrested and accused of trafficking drugs after undercover agents found more than 65 pounds of marijuana, cocaine and a firearm inside their single engine plane.
Freddy Aguayo is charged with possession of marijuana 50 lbs - 2,000 lbs (2nd degree felony) and possession of a controlled substance for the 3 ounces of cocaine allegedly found on him. Vernon Lee Murphy is also charged with possession of marijuana 50 lbs - 2,000 lbs, as well as unlawful carrying of a weapon.
Agents with the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division, working with the Texas Department of Public Safety Aircraft Section, say they were conducting an investigation involving a "suspicious airplane" on Friday when they followed the fixed-wing single engine Cessna 172 from McAllen, TX to the airport in Brenham, Washington County, Texas.
Murphy and Aguayo had flown to McAllen on business, where authorities believe they picked up nearly 70 pounds of cargo before heading back to Texarkana, stopping at the Brenham airport to refuel.
That's where agents made their move, inspecting the plane and allegedly finding that the cargo was 65 pounds of marijuana, three ounces of cocaine and a .40 caliber handgun.
The marijuana confiscated was estimated to be worth about $30.000.00.
Bryan/College Station, Texas CBS affiliate KBTX reports that they found out this isn't Aguayo's first drug arrest. In 2000 he was convicted and sentenced to 28 years in prison for possession of cocaine with intent to deliver. Although the court assessed punishment at twenty-eight years - he was released after 14.
According to investigators, Murphy hasn't had any run-ins with the law...at least until now.
Vernon Murphy was at one time a minister in Texarkana. It's unclear whether he remains a minister and if so, what affiliation it may be.
Murphy remains in the Washington County Jail on $210,000 bond. Aguayo's bond is set at $1.4 million.
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