Last week, it was announced that a 44-year-old man from Michoacan, Mexico had entered a guilty plea for conspiring to import drugs into the United States. Carlos Gaona-Zaragoza worked as a truck driver. He attempted to enter Laredo while driving a tractor-trailer. He provided authorities with his Border Crossing Card and claimed to be hauling avocados.
Carlos Gaona-Zaragoza was referred to secondary inspection. An x-ray examination was conducted on his vehicle. Authorities ultimately discovered anomalies in a spare tire found under the trailer. A drug detection dog raised more suspicion among authorities.
The tire was inspected further. Inside, authorities discovered 41 bundles of drugs. In total, the tire contained 41.56 kilograms of methamphetamine and 1.12 kilograms of cocaine. Initially, Gaona-Zaragoza claimed that he was forced to transport narcotics after his family was threatened.
Later, he admitted that he was being paid 15,000 pesos to transport the drugs. He will be sentenced at a later date. Further details can be found here.