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In another example of how there seems to be no limit to the ways in which drugs are smuggled into the United States, officials said Tuesday that they arrested a man in a wheelchair for trying to move a load of methamphetamine at the remote U.S.-Mexico border crossing of Presidio.

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“Smugglers have no scruples when it comes to getting narcotics across the border,” John Deputy, port director for Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday in announcing the arrest. “It is unfortunate, but even individuals with disabilities can serve as an avenue to smuggle drugs.”

Arturo Chavez Solis was the only passenger in a taxi that arrived from Mexico to the West Texas town. A U.S. border inspector allegedly noticed “suspicious” bulges on his thighs, then had Chavez wheeled into an area where the officer found bundles of methamphetamine taped to his legs.

Chavez, 41, of Chihuahua, Mexico, told authorities he thought he was smuggling marijuana and was to be paid $200 for his efforts, according to a document filed in federal court.

Prosecutors contend that as Chavez is from Mexico and likely to flee, and faces more than 10 years in prison, he should be held in jail without bail. His attorney could not be immediately reached for comment.

Presidio, which is west of Big Bend National Park, doesn’t see nearly the amount of drugs captured as other border crossings, but a generation ago was across the border from the home turf of Pablo Acosta, a major marijuana trafficker who inspired the excellent book, Drug Lord, by Terrance Poppa.

 

 

 

 

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