Sheriff: Arrested In Drug Case, Texas Man Dies In Hospital

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HOUMA, La. (AP) — A south Louisiana sheriff says a Texan has died nearly three weeks after being arrested in a cocaine case and suffering a heart attack.

The Courier reports that Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter says 53-year-old Jesus Hinojosa of Brownsville was among six Texas residents arrested Feb. 17. He said Hinojosa had a heart attack the same day.

Larpenter said Thursday that Hinojosa died Tuesday.

Larpenter said last month that a federal indictment accused all six of shipping cocaine from Mexico through Texas. He said Terrebonne Narcotics Task Force agents recovered more than 44 pounds of very pure cocaine worth about $750,000, along with two tractor-trailers and a Ford F-150 pickup truck.

Larpenter says the other five men remain in federal custody.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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