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Jury convicts head of drug trafficking group from the valley

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 40-year-old Brownsville man has been found guilty by a federal jury for his role in trafficking more than 1000 kilograms of cocaine.

Rafael Villanueva was convicted following a six-day trial.

During the trial, the jury heard from approximately 21 witnesses. The witnesses detailed Villanueva’s role as head of a drug transportation group that moved cocaine from the Rio Grande Valley and on to cities throughout the United States.

Villanueva also provided transportation for drug proceeds sold throughout the United States back to the Rio Grande Valley.

Several witnesses testified that Villanueva hired them to move the cocaine north and the drug proceeds south. Villanueva paid them by the kilogram to transport the drugs and a percentage of the drug money coming south.

The Jury also heard about the search of Villanueva’s home where authorities found five guns and numerous documents showing his lavish lifestyle as well as several Lone Star cards.

The defense attempted to convince the jury the witnesses were all liars and authorities did poor work.

Villanueva faces up to life in prison.

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