Nervous-acting Texan guilty in drug case

April 17, 2012 5:13:50 AM PDT
A Houston-area man has been convicted in a drug case in which his defense was that anyone would act nervous if stopped by an officer.

A federal jury in Laredo on Monday convicted 44-year-old Carlos Gonzalez of Angleton of possession with intent to distribute about 1,400 pounds of marijuana. No sentencing date has been set for Gonzalez, who did not testify and remains in custody.

A Border Patrol agent told jurors that Gonzalez was stopped last September in South Texas while towing a trailer with fake paper dealer tags.

The agent described Gonzalez acting nervous before a search of the trailer turned up a hidden compartment and marijuana.

The defense argued that the man's nervous behavior was typical of anyone stopped by a law officer.