NIXON - Auvye Trammell, a longtime member of the Nixon City Council, has been arrested on federal drug trafficking charges.

Trammell was arrested at his home in the 600 block of East 2nd Street without incident on Thursday morning. A neighbor, Jesse Maldonado Jr., 37, was also arrested in his home and faces the same charges.

Nina Pruneda, public affairs officer for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in San Antonio, said the pair are believed to be involved in drug trafficking that began in Laredo.

"We are continuing to follow up on leads and, at this time, are not certain if there will be additional arrests," Pruneda said.

Troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety assisted ICE in the arrests.

According to court documents, the men are charged with conspiracy to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana and other charges related to possession with intent to distribute more than 50 kilograms of marijuana, as well as aiding and abetting.

Court documents also indicate that the illegal activity occurred between Oct. 23 and April 12.

According to a published report on SANews.com, the website of the San Antonio Express News, Maldonado was also arrested in January in Laredo driving a pickup from Mexico carrying 80 kilos of marijuana. Court records show Trammell posted his bail and one of the charges in the current indictment stem from Maldonado's January arrest, according to the report.

Charlie Strauss, assistant United States Attorney, said the men were indicted on June 2 and appeared in court after their arrests on Thursday.

Trammell was released after posting $50,000 bail. A detention hearing for Maldonado and arraignments for both men are set for June 11, Strauss said.

Trammell was first appointed to the Nixon city council in June 1990 and served through May 2001, but was defeated in a re-election bid.

He was re-appointed to the council in October 2001 because of a vacancy and has been re-elected since that time.

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