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Arizona man sentenced in NM drug trafficking case

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Arizona man has been sentenced to 10 years in
federal prison in New Mexico in a drug trafficking case.

Prosecutors say 46-year-old Jesse Bruner, of Douglas, also was sentenced
Tuesday to three years of supervised release.

Bruner and a co-defendant were arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents in April
2011 in Hidalgo County, N.M.

Agents reported finding nearly 240 pounds of marijuana in a vehicle that had
Bruner as a passenger.

Bruner was later charged with possession of marijuana with intent to

He pleaded guilty in October 2011 and has been in federal custody since his

The charges against the co-defendant _ a 72-year-old woman from Kentucky _ were
dismissed. Authorities say they determined Bruner deceived and threatened the
woman into participating in his drug-trafficking activities.


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