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Mexican Judge accused of smuggling 38 pounds of cocaine into U.S.

March 11, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican Judge accused of smuggling 38 pounds of cocaine into U.S.

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A Mexican judge was busted by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol after he tried to smuggle 38.75 pounds of cocaine across the border at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, a recently released criminal complaint filed in the Southern District of California revealed.

The Tijuana municipal judge, Eduardo Sais-Peinado was crossing alone into the U.S. in Jeep Liberty last month when he was approached by a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agent carrying out inspections in the pre-primary lanes of the point of entry.

Sais-Peinado gave the agent a border crossing card and said that he was heading to Chula Vista and maintained he had nothing to declare. He also said that the Jeep was his and only he and his girlfriend used it.

As part of their inspection, Custom and Border Patrol Agents employed a density meter to inspect various parts of the vehicle that are known to carry contraband. During the inspection, a high reading was found on the door panels, and once again, Sais-Peinado asserted that he had nothing to declare.

The complaint stated that officers then utilized a K-9 sniffer who signaled to a door which led to an x-ray being performed, identifying abnormalities in the panels.

A subsequent search of the car led to the discovery of 11 packages of a white substance that tested positive for cocaine. Officers also found an additional five parcels of alleged cocaine in the rear door panel.

Sais-Peinado was arrested on drug smuggling and possession charges.

According to Zeta Weekly, Sais-Peinado was appointed as a municipal court judge in March 2015 and made a monthly salary of 16,776 pesos (USD 898.62).

Tijuana officials said Sais-Peinado was terminated from his job on the same day of his arrest but said he was fired for other matters related to his work.

Sais-Peinado pleaded not guilty and has agreed to remain in federal custody until court proceedings are held.

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