- Texan sentenced for carrying drugs hidden in lunch tacos.
- The subject pleaded guilty and will spend 7 years in prison for his crime.
- Dog warned about the presence of narcotics inside the bag where he was carrying tacos.
A resident from Laredo, Texas, was sentenced this Friday to spend more than seven years in a federal jail after pleading guilty to bringing drugs to the country hidden in what were supposedly his lunch tacos, reported the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Nicolás Castro Jr., 31, was sentenced today to spend 87 months in federal prison and five years of supervised freedom for drug trafficking, according to information published by the EFE news agency and the portal El Imparcial.
HOW DID THE EVENTS OCCUR?
The incident for which the Hispanic was accused occurred on September 8, 2020 when he tried to enter the United States through the Gateway to the Americas International Bridge in Laredo, Texas. Authorities inspected Castro’s belongings and found a plastic bag with tacos and potato chips, the DOJ said in a statement.
The Latino claimed that the food was for his lunch. The border authorities referred him to a second inspection, in which a dog alerted to the presence of narcotics inside the bag where he was carrying tacos.
An evaluation of the contents of the tacos was positive for methamphetamine.
Drug in tacos: HAD A BACKGROUND
Castro finally admitted to authorities that he knew the tacos contained one kilogram of the drug and that he was going to be paid $ 1,500 to transport the drug to Austin, Texas, the DOJ said.
The Hispanic pleaded guilty on November 30, 2020.
In passing the sentence, Judge Diana Saldana, of the Southern District Court in Texas, highlighted her concerns about the background of Nicolás Castro Jr, who had a previous conviction for migrant smuggling.
TRAFFIC, PUNISHED IN THE USA
Drug trafficking in the border states is every day, at the end of last month, it was reported that sixty people were accused of operating a drug trafficking ring based in California that sold methamphetamine in the United States and Australia, announced Thursday the authorities.
A federal jury in San Diego issued the indictments in May after a year-long investigation that led to the seizure of 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of methamphetamine, 90 firearms and $ 250,000 in cash, according to a statement. issued by federal prosecutors. Filed Under: Drug in Tacos
Drugs in tacos: THEY WERE LOOKING FOR
Forty-four people were detained and another 16 were wanted by the courts, authorities said. Most of the defendants are from San Diego and face charges including methamphetamine importation and conspiracy to distribute narcotics and money laundering.
Drug charges carry a sentence of at least 10 years in prison and up to life imprisonment, sentences that many people have received for attempting to smuggle drugs across or into the same territory.
THOUSANDS OF KILOS OF METHAMPHETAMINE
According to prosecutors, the organization obtained thousands of kilograms of methamphetamine from Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel and smuggled it across the southern border of the United States in hidden compartments in cars and motorcycles.
“Subsequently, the defendants used those cars and motorcycles, as well as trains, commercial airplanes, federal mail and commercial parcel services such as FedEx and UPS, to distribute the methamphetamine to dozens of sub-distributors,” according to the statement from the federal prosecutor’s office. Filed Under: Drug in Tacos
THE PROFITS OF DRUGS
The drugs were sold throughout San Diego County, as well as in Hawaii, Arizona, Texas, Kansas, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Kentucky, prosecutors said. It was also sold in Australia and New Zealand, authorities added.
The proceeds from drug sales went to the organization’s leaders through cash transfers, deposits in bank accounts and transfers through a variety of systems, including Western Union, PayPal and Venmo, authorities explained. Filed Under: Drug in Tacos
POVERTY FORCED HIM TO SELL
In a case similar to that of the man who tried to pass drugs in his tacos, another was reported, José who was born into a very poor family that lived in one of the many rural areas of Mexico. Although he wanted and required many things, he could not have them due to the few resources his parents had, so he had to grow up with multiple needs, to the point that he could barely complete his primary studies.
Although food was never lacking as is typical in poor families living in the countryside, as a child José longed to have a bicycle, a Nintendo, or at least a couple of cleats to play soccer, but money did not. he was enough for all this, so he had to put up with it. Filed Under: Drug in Tacos
Drugs in tacos: BEAT THE DANGERS
He had heard about the famous ‘American Dream’ and that those who achieved it never suffered misery again, so when he became a teenager, he decided to take that big step and in the mid-90s he came to the ‘north’ in search of new horizons and incidentally, to get his elderly parents out of scarcity.
The reckless José managed to overcome the tremendous dangers that this crossing includes and evade the innumerable controls of the Border Patrol, so, in a matter of days, he was already in the United States. He settled in Hall County, Georgia, where he began working as a cook.
CASH WAS NOT ENOUGH
However, the cash she earned was not enough to meet all her needs, much less to please her tastes, because now she wanted to dress in designer clothes and why not? Until having his own house and a good car, to be on the same level as his new friends, so he looked for another job.
Someone told him that the Gainesville skirts paid well and that he could get good money there. He tried, but it didn’t work either, so he kept exploring other opportunities. Construction seemed like the best opportunity, but the work was too exhausting. He couldn’t stand the inclement weather, so he quit shortly after. Filed Under: Drug in Tacos
Drugs in tacos: PARTIES
Even though he did not have the money he longed for and felt he deserved, José made himself good at the holidays. It was like this that from party to party he met several good-looking guys. That they seemed to have everything he had ever wanted. He quickly became friends with several of them.
It did not take long for him to realize that they were not regular workers, but were engaged in one of the many illegal ‘trades’ in the United States and most of the world: drug trafficking. Poor Jose saw that they had everything in abundance, so he had no choice (and I say this sarcastically) but to get involved with them. With information from AP
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