South Texas school board member to stand trial for 1,200 pounds of marijuana
A trial date has been set for a Progreso school board member accused of smuggling marijuana.
Felix Hernandez, 31, will stand trial Dec. 1 for possession of 50 to 2,000 pounds of marijuana, a second-degree felony. He was arrested in April 2013 when a Department of Public Safety trooper pulled him over and found 1,200 pounds of cannabis in the back of a tractor-trailer he was driving.
His bond was set at $1.25 million and if convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. According to Hidalgo County Jail records, Hernandez was released earlier this year on bond.
A receptionist at Progreso Independent School District verified to The Monitor that Hernandez is still a board member at the district.
Hernandez has served on the board since 2011. His filing form for the election that year described him as self-employed.