A “hungry Texan” who alerted police to his alleged attempt at drug trafficking after enjoying a McDonald’s cheeseburger at the checkpoint was sentenced to federal prison on Monday.
Yen-Tsun Huang, 30, was convicted Monday after police arrested him for allegedly attempting to smuggle nearly 740 grams of methamphetamine into the country after they saw him “suspiciously” eating a McDonald’s cheeseburger , once he arrived at the checkpoint.
After the alleged human trafficking incident, which took place on July 4, 2020, he was ordered to serve more than seven years in federal prison and three years under supervision, U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery said.
Corresponding US Customs and Border Protectionofficers seized more than 3,000 pounds of methamphetamine along the border with the United States since October 2021. In November – the month with the highest number of seizures – officers discovered 581 pounds of methamphetamine.
The court also found that Huang, a Taiwan citizen, will lose his legal permanent resident status and will be issued with an immigration detainee after his detention ends.
Huang, who pleaded guilty to the charges on November 3, 2020, was a passenger in a vehicle attempting to pass through the border police checkpoint Falfurrias Border Guard Stationthe Ministry of Justice said.
But when officers noticed Huang eating a cheeseburger from McDonald’s, which was more than an hour away, they became suspicious.
“Law enforcement noted that Huang displayed suspicious behavior by eating a cheeseburger immediately upon arrival,” the press release said. “A K-9 also alerted authorities to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle.”
During a second inspection, officers allegedly discovered “brick-shaped objects” strapped to each of Huang’s legs. Officers determined that the “bricks” contained 738.56 grams of methamphetamine.
The price of meth varies from about $20 to $60 per gram, according to the Addiction Center addiction center also estimates that a person suffering from severe meth addiction could spend between $13,000 and $38,000 a year on meth.
news week contacted the US Customs and Border Protection press secretary for Texas.
On June 21, Oklahoma police arrested a Carl’s Jr. employee after they allegedly put a small bag of meth in a customer’s burger.
In March, a father and son were arrested after police allegedly discovered methamphetamine crystals “floating” inside a large McDonald’s Coca-Cola branch.
In California, Customs and Border Protection reportedly arrested a 28-year-old man who allegedly hid $300,000 worth of meth and fentanyl pills in the floor of his car.