A federal judge orders the release of the Reynosa councilor arrested in Texas with 42 kilos of cocaine in her car


The magistrate considers that he does not have sufficient elements to convict Denisse Ahumada of drug possession

A federal judge has ordered this Thursday the release of Denisse Ahumada, the PAN councilor from Reynosa (Tamaulipas) arrested last Saturday in Falfurrias (Texas) with 42 kilos of cocaine in her car. After the testimonies and arguments of the defense, the magistrate in charge of the case, Juan F. Alanis, has considered that they do not have sufficient elements to charge the Mexican politician with drug possession.
The places near the border between Mexico and the United States —such as Reynosa— are in constant dispute by different criminal groups, who see a large market in the northern neighbor to expand the drug trafficking business. It is common for authorities and cartels to clash at these sites. The Club Rotario Reynosa 76 school, a small school located in a humble neighborhood in the south of Reynosa, has realized this. In recent weeks, it has suffered from a lack of teachers due to constant disputes between armed groups in the area.
Ahumada was detained last Saturday by agents of a US border patrol at the Falfurrias checkpoint, a kind of second entry limit to the country located about 100 kilometers from the border. Agents X-rayed the car, finding several bundles wrapped in duct tape and aluminum foil. In total, 42 kilos of cocaine distributed throughout the vehicle, in spaces such as the seats or the door panels.
The councilor admitted that she drove the SUV from Mexico through the Hidalgo port of entry, and she confessed that she was headed to San Antonio, a Texan municipality 260 kilometers from where she was detained. Ahumada, who has entry permits to the United States, declared at the time of her arrest that she had already transported drugs in the past.
After the case was broadcast in the media, the National Action Party (PAN) tried to break away from the councilor. “National Action reports that the councilor for Reynosa, Denisse Ahumada Martínez, is not a member or militant of National Action,” they said in a statement last Tuesday. In the letter, they condemned the criminal acts linked to Ahumada: “We remain faithful defenders of legality and we will be the first to raise our voices, demanding that people who are involved in criminal acts be investigated and comply with the corresponding sanction. ”.
Ahumada began the current legislature of the Reynosa City Council in the ranks of the Green Ecologist Party, but later she became closer to the PAN. In a video broadcast on social networks in which she appears together with the Tamaulipas deputy Luis Cantú, known as Cachorro, the councilor stated that she made the change because it was the best for her. “National Action takes care of the well-being of citizens, the party she was in before did not do this,” she commented then.

Source: El Pais