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United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California

Mexican National Indicted for Possessing Over 15 Pounds of Methamphetamine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 09, 2013
 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned an indictment today against Carlos Alberto Torres-Eufracio, 31, of Jalisco, Mexico, charging him with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, on April 26, 2013, Torres-Eufracio arrived at the Sacramento International Airport on an AeroMexico flight from Guadalajara, Mexico. During a routine Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspection, an X-ray of two decorative wooden carts he was carrying as checked luggage showed anomalies. After additional investigation, CBP discovered methamphetamine weighing approximately 7.6 kilograms, concealed in hollowed-out portions of the wood.

“CBP maintains constant vigilance at our borders and ports of entry to detect and deter anything entering or departing the country that could cause harm to the American public,” said Brian J. Humphrey, CBP’s Director of Field Operations in San Francisco. “This is a perfect example of the cooperative efforts between CBP, HSI, and DOJ to protect our nation.”

“This scheme involved considerable planning and preparation and shows the lengths to which smugglers will go in an attempt to elude detection,” said Daniel Lane, assistant special agent in charge for HSI Sacramento. “The fact this ruse was detected should serve as a deterrent for others who might be considering trying similar tactics to conceal dangerous contraband.”

This case is the product of an investigation by Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant United States Attorney Jill Thomas and Special Assistant United States Attorney Ashwin Janakiram are prosecuting the case,

If convicted, Torres-Eufracio faces 10 years to life in prison, and a $10 million fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory sentencing factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

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