- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - An ex-federal contractor in South Texas has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for using a government truck to smuggle drugs across the border.

Mario Saenz (synz) of McAllen was sentenced Tuesday. Saenz in January pleaded guilty to attempting to possess with intent to distribute cocaine using a U.S. Department of Agriculture vehicle.

Investigators in McAllen say Saenz used Facebook to advertise that he had access to a government vehicle and could haul drugs from Mexico.

Saenz last October was seen driving a USDA pickup truck through an opening in a border fence. Investigators say Saenz grabbed a bag from some brush near the Rio Grande, then drove to a parking lot in McAllen before being arrested.

Officers found cocaine in the bag.

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