Cuban who was fugitive sentenced in drug case

McALLEN, Texas (AP) A Cuban who fled Texas in 2003 following his drug-smuggling arrest then turned up nearly 10 years later bound in a vehicle has been sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison.

A federal judge in McAllen on Monday announced 46-year-old Alexis Estevez-Alvarez's sentence.

A federal jury in July found Estevez-Alvarez, of Havana, guilty of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and failure to appear.

Investigators in June 2003 discovered nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana in a shed near the suspect's home in the South Texas town of Mercedes. Estevez-Alvarez was free on bond when he disappeared.

Estevez-Alvarez last October was found restrained and inebriated in the bed of a pickup truck at the Progreso Port of Entry. Investigators say someone drove him into Texas, then returned to Mexico.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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