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Cuban who was fugitive sentenced in drug case

A Cuban who fled Texas in 2003 following his drug-smuggling arrest then turned up nearly 10 years later bound in a vehicle has been sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison.

   A federal judge in McAllen on Monday announced 46-year-old Alexis Estevez-Alvarez's sentence.

   A federal jury in July found Estevez-Alvarez, of Havana, guilty of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and failure to appear.

   Investigators in June 2003 discovered nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana in a shed near the suspect's home in the South Texas town of Mercedes. Estevez-Alvarez was free on bond when he disappeared.

   Estevez-Alvarez last October was found restrained and inebriated in the bed of a pickup truck at the Progreso Port of Entry. Investigators say someone drove him into Texas, then returned to Mexico.

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