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Mission man sentenced on drug-trafficking charges

A Mission man has been sentenced to federal prison on drug-trafficking charges.

Roberto Veliz, 34, was convicted on one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana, according to U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

Veliz was found guilty in May following a two-day trial. 

In testimony delivered by the government, Veliz hired women to transport marijuana for him from Mission to Houston and San Antonio at least once a month from February to October of 2013. 

The drugs were wrapped in plastic bundles and hidden inside suitcases.

Veliz was sentenced to 70 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release.