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Former Mexican official accused of smuggling 1,100 bulletproof vests over the border from Texas

May 22, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Former Mexican official accused of smuggling 1,100 bulletproof vests over the border from Texas

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A former Mexican border city official faces federal charges after he was busted trying to smuggle over 1,100 bulletproof vests and 1,200 phones from Texas.

Alfredo Biasi, the former Social Development Secretary for Matamoros and the owner of Grupo Alpha, was apprehended and brought to the headquarters of the attorney general’s office with some of his staff members to be questioned about the alleged smuggling incident.

According to Milenio citing information provided by Mexican authorities, the case originated at one of the international bridges in Matamoros, when Grupo Alpha staffers attempted to drive a truck with altered importation documents stating the cargo inside consisted only of medical equipment.

When Mexican customs inspected the vehicle, the 1,136 vests and 1,200 phones were concealed within a shipment of medical supplies. Because the crime is federal, Mexican customs reached out to the attorney general’s office (PGR) to take over the case. Authorities did not reveal the final intended destination for the seized armor and phones.

Biasi served as the social development secretary for Matamoros during Leticia Salazar’s administration between 2013 and 2016. In 2014, Biasi was charged with tax evasion after he was linked tied to a warehouse filled with smuggled alcohol and tobacco. Since the products discovered at Biasi’s warehouse were smuggled, prosecutors at the time purported that importation taxes were not paid.

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