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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.

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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