Laredoan charged with importing meth inside tacos
LAREDO, Texas – A 30-year-old resident of Laredo has been indicted for allegedly importing 1.26 kilograms of meth into the United States, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
The Laredo grand jury returned a two-count indictment today against Nicolas Castro Jr. for conspiracy and importing meth into the United States. He is expected appear for his arraignment before a U.S. magistrate judge in the near future.
The criminal complaint originally filed in the case alleges that on Sept. 8, Castro attempted to enter the United States at the Gateway to the Americas Bridge in Laredo. Upon his arrival, authorities inspected his belongings which included a plastic bag containing tacos and chips, according to the charges. A K-9 allegedly alerted to the presence of narcotics within the bag.
According to the charges, the contents of the tacos subsequently tested positive for meth and weighed a total of 1.26 kilograms.
If convicted, he faces up to life in prison as well as a possible $10 million fine.
The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation with assistance from Customs and Border Protection. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Bajew is prosecuting the case.
An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.