Texas: Lorenzo Contreras Jr. is arrested at the border with a drug load

Drug seizure: Lorenzo Contreras Jr. was arrested in McAllen, Texas with a cache of almost 13 kilos of the drug methamphetamine hidden in ...

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  • Drug seizure: Lorenzo Contreras Jr. was arrested in McAllen, Texas with a cache of almost 13 kilos of the drug methamphetamine hidden in his car while trying to enter the United States.
  • Contreras Jr. told federal agents that “one person” paid him $ 500 for each trip to transport drugs.
  • On the detainee’s cell phone, the agents found messages with instructions to collect the drug in Mexico and take it to the United States.

Lorenzo Contreras Jr. was arrested while attempting to smuggle methamphetamine into the United States over the Texas border from Mexico.

Contreras Jr., 37, was detained by federal agents as he was crossing the Hidalgo International Bridge, in McAllen, with a cache of drugs hidden in his car from Reynosa in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.

In the arrest warrant for Contreras Jr., it is detailed that the man arrived at the international bridge and waited his turn in the line of cars for review on Friday, September 18, 2020.

During the first inspection of the agents of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) discovered that something on the car frame was not right and asked him to go through a second check.

When officers were conducting a search of Contreras Jr.’s car, they detected that the man was nervous and on a panel in front of the car, which was dismantled, officers found 23 packages wrapped in plastic.

Officers asked Contreras Jr. for the car and questioned him about the packages. A chemical test revealed that the packages contained a powder that tested positive for pure methamphetamine weighing 12.8 kilos of the drug.

Contreras Jr. was arrested on charges of illegal drug trafficking from Mexico to the United States and was referred for questioning with federal officials from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

In the conversation with agents Contreras Jr. revealed several contradictory and false stories, refusing to give details about the drug load.

Lorenzo Contreras Jr. explained that he was a resident of the town of Mercedes, Texas, and that it was not the first time he had trafficked drugs.

Lorenzo Contreras Jr., 37, told authorities that “one person” paid him $ 500 for each trip to bring drugs from Mexico. (Photo: Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office)

During the interrogation, the man admitted that “a person” paid him $ 500 each time he crossed the border between Mexico and the United States carrying cargo.

According to the interrogation of Lorenzo Contreras Jr., the man crossed to the south carrying money and, when he returned to the north, I was carrying the drug. Always crossing between the cities of McAllen and Reynosa.

The HSI agents asked a judge for an order to search the detainee’s cell phone and began to compile the history of the trips that Contreras Jr. made.

In the list of messages that Lorenzo Contreras Jr. had on his cell phone, the agents discovered the communication he had with “a series of drug traffickers” who instructed him with details about his trips from McAllen to Reynosa and vice versa.

Border agents detained Contreras Jr. when they discovered the packages in his car hidden in a double bottom. (Photos: Customs and Protection Office)

Based on all this, the man was charged with drug trafficking, which is a federal crime punishable by ten years in jail for anyone found responsible for that crime in a trial.

It is not the first time that Lorenzo Contreras Jr. has been detained in Texas.

In November 2016 the man was arrested in the Hidalgo County, and sentenced to 180 days in jail, for a crime of aggravated assault and terrorist threats to a woman in McAllen.

The investigation against Lorenzo Contreras Jr. is still open because the man did not want to reveal who is the person who paid him the 500 dollars for each trip, nor where he picked up the drug in Reynosa and then delivered it in McAllen.

Until the time of writing this story, Lorenzo Contreras Jr. was waiting for the date for his first hearing before the federal judge who will take his case.

Other seizure

The most recent week was quite a busy one for CBP agents when it came to seizing drug shipments.

Two days before the arrest of Lorenzo Contreras Jr., on Wednesday, September 16, agents made a discovery in a gun truck that was transporting food from Mexico to the United States.

CBP agents in Pharr, Texas, stopped a truck carrying “fresh” food, according to the agents’ investigation.

A drug-trained dog was ordered to patrol the truck sniffing each part until it suddenly launched its alert attitude upon reaching the food load. It is not specified what type of food the truck is carrying.

During a search of another cargo truck, border agents discovered a load of methamphetamine and heroin valued at more than two million dollars.

After the alert of the dog, the CBP agents got on the truck to check the cargo and found 163 packages scattered among the food and another 30 packages in another point of the truck bed.

When reviewing the packages, the agents discovered that both contained a substance and asked the drug experts to do chemical tests to know for sure the contents.

The first 163 packages also turned out to be amphetamine powder and the other 30 packages heroin. Both in their purest form and that according to the authorities would have had a combined value of more than two million dollars on the streets of the United States.

The CBP statement sent to MundoHispánico It does not detail whether the person driving the truck from Mexico faces drug trafficking charges. The investigation remains open to know the destination and origin of the drug.

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