South Texas man convicted of importing methamphetamine in tacos


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A South Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for importing methamphetamine in tacos that he attempted to pass off as “lunch,” according to a press release from the South Texas District.

Laredo resident Nicolas Castro Jr., 31, attempted to enter the United States through the Gateway to the Americas bridge in Laredo. Authorities inspected Castro’s belongings and found a plastic bag containing tacos and crisps. Castro claimed the food was his lunch, the statement noted.

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Upon further investigation, his lunch tested positive for methamphetamine after a K-9 alerted to the presence of narcotics in the bag. Castro pleaded guilty on November 30, 2020. The statement said he was going to be paid $ 1,500 to transport the kilogram to Austin.

U.S. District Judge Diana Saldana on Friday ordered him to serve an 87-month sentence immediately followed by five years of supervised release.

He will remain in custody pending transfer to a US Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.


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