McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A Las Vegas man today was ordered held
without bond for allegedly trying to smuggle the same type of animal tranquilizers authorities say may have been used hours before to help an Oregon woman commit suicide in a Mexican motel.
33-year-old Jeff George Ostfeld will be held until his trial on drug-smuggling charges that carry up to a 20-year sentence.
Ostfeld was arrested Monday at the Progreso International Bridge, not far from McAllen. Ostfeld was carrying 1,200 milliliters of a powerful animal tranquilizer. Immigration officials had been on the lookout for him after a call from Mexican authorities.
Mexican authorities are investigating the death of 29-year-old Jennifer Malone of Roseburg, Ore. Her body was found in the Las
Flores Inn in Nuevo Progreso on Monday.
Officials say Ostfeld was also carrying a camera with still
photos of what appeared to be a deceased Malone.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement says Ostfeld said he planned
to sell the remaining animal tranquilizers to others seeking to end their lives.