SACRAMENTO, CA – Federal agents arrested a Mexican national at Sacramento International Airport Friday on suspicion of smuggling 15 pounds of methamphetamine through customs.
A Department of Homeland Security affidavit says Carlos Alberto Torres-Eurafacio was traveling from Guadalajara to Sacramento with a valid Mexican passport and a 15-day visa.
The complaint says Torres-Eurafacio was going through customs at SMF with two wooden carts. When agents ran the carts through an x-ray machine, they noticed a number of anomalies in the wood.
Agents drilled into one of the wood panels and found the drill bit coated in white powder.
According to the complaint, customs agents dismantled the cart and found methamphetamine stashed inside the carts’ wood panels.
DHS agents took over the investigation the following day and began interrogating Torres-Eurafacio.
The affidavit says Torres-Eurafacio told agents he was from Jalisco, Mexico, where he distributed mangoes and avocados.
He told agents he owed a man in Jalisco named Juan about $5,000. Juan approached him and offered to clear the debt if he delivered two packages to a person in the United States.
The complaint says agents asked if he knew what was inside the carts. Torres-Eurafacio told them he suspected it was probably narcotics, but he didn’t know how much or what kind.
The carts, he said, were given to him wrapped in cellophane at the Guadalajara airport. When he reached the United States, he was supposed to await instructions on bringing the carts to Portland, Oregon.
Torress-Eurafacio was booked into Sacramento County Jail on federal charges of intent to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine.