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Club Tijuana soccer player Daniel Andrés Gómez busted trying to smuggle meth across the border

April 11, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Club Tijuana soccer player Daniel Andrés Gómez busted trying to smuggle meth across the border

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Professional soccer player Daniel Andrés Gómez was arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents attempting to cross the border into the United States with an illegal shipment of methamphetamines on Sunday.

The Attorney General for the Mexican state of Baja California and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials confirmed the detention of Gómez, a reserve defender who plays for Club Tijuana Xolos soccer team in Mexico’s Segunda Premier League.

Early reports indicate that authorities uncovered several packages weighing approximately 21 kilograms of methamphetamine concealed inside a vehicle driven by Daniel Andrés Gómez.

The 21-year-old U.S. citizen, who also maintains dual Mexican citizenship, resides in Mexicali, Baja California.

Mexican law enforcement officials said on April 5th, an alert was issued on social media networks requesting help in locating the player after his family reported him missing.

Gomez reportedly requested an Uber early Wednesday but failed to attend his 8 a.m. training session with his team, Proceso reported.

His whereabouts remained unknown until the player was stopped at a checkpoint near the San Ysidro point of entry around 6 a.m. Sunday trying to cross into California in his Chrysler Sebring, Goal.com reported.

The footballer identified himself as American and told officers he was crossing into California to “go to work.”

A secondary X-Ray inspection of the vehicle conducted by Border Protection agents, detected an anomaly inside one the car’s tires. A further examination uncovered packages containing 12 kilos of a crystal-like substance.

The substance field tested positive for meth.

An additional inspection of the vehicle uncovered another 8.9 kilos of the drug hidden in the car fender. Gómez was subsequently arrested and taken to a San Diego County jail where he faces drug trafficking charges before the Federal District Court of Southern California.

A criminal complaint filed by the Justice Department accuses Gómez Flores of knowingly and intentionally importing methamphetamine in violation of Title 21 of United States Code, Sections 952 and 960.

Daniel Andrés Gómez is scheduled to appear for a detention hearing on Wednesday, with a preliminary court hearing slated for April 18th.

As of Monday afternoon, Xolos team representatives including club manager Jorge Alberto Hank had yet to release a statement about Gomez’s arrest.

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