SHAWNEE, Okla. — A Tecumseh man arrested in April 2010 in connection with a Mexican drug ring and charged with eight felonies, including drug trafficking, will stand trial in his case Monday.
Jesus Ceniceros, Jr., 35, is charged in Pottawatomie County District Court with aggravated trafficking in illegal drugs, and is accused of possessing one or more pounds of methamphetamine. He also is charged with two counts of trafficking in illegal drugs; two counts of unlawful distribution of controlled drug; two counts of unlawful use of a telecommunication device to commit a felony; and acquire proceeds from drug activity.
Ceniceros appeared in a court hearing Wednesday before District Judge John Canavan to consider possible action to avoid a trial, but decided to take his case before a jury, minutes show.
A translator will be needed during that trial, which is scheduled before Canavan.
Ceniceros was arrested April 13, 2010, and subsequent charges in this case followed a year-long investigation into a Mexican methamphetamine ring that was being conducted by the District 23 Drug Task Force, along with the state’s Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.
After conducting several undercover drug buys, agents raided his home west of Tecumseh. The action reportedly cut off a major supply of drugs in Pottawatomie, Pontotoc and Seminole counties, agents said.
With the case, authorities seized nearly seven pounds of methamphetamine valued at about $150,000.
Ceniceros remains jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center on a $500,000 bond while awaiting trial.