Reynosa man's nervousness leads to seizure of $799,000 in meth
Thu, 22 Mar 2012 20:13:57 GMT —
A Reynosa man is behind bars after his nervous behavior led authorities to find more than $799,000 dollars worth of meth hidden inside his truck.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested 23-year-old Sergio Salinas-Rodriguez on Tuesday evening.
Court records show Salinas-Rodriguez drove up from Mexico in a blue 1994 Dodge Dakota pickup truck at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge around 6:55 p.m. Tuesday.
The records show that the Reynosa man appeared visibly nervous and his hand was shaking while handing his laser visa to a customs officer.
The officer send Salinas-Rodriguez to secondary inspection where authorities found 20 packages with 53.31 pounds of meth hidden inside.
Salinas-Rodriguez told investigators that he had smuggled drugs several times since February.
The Reynosa man told federal agents that drug traffickers had put the truck in his name and would pay up to $800 dollars per trip.
Salinas-Rodriguez appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dorina Ramos in McAllen on Wednesday morning.
Investigators told Action 4 News that he's a Mexican national who lives in Reynosa.
Judge Ramos denied bond for him until a Monday morning hearing.