El Paso man pleads guilty to importing meth

August 5, 2018

McALLEN — An El Paso man faces life in prison after he pleaded guilty Friday to attempting to smuggle more than 60 kilos of methamphetamine into the country.

Adam Michael Diaz-Deleon pleaded guilty to import of a controlled substance, the second count of a four-count indictment against him related to his March arrest. That’s when he was found with meth while attempting to cross into the United States at a port of entry.

Diaz-Deleon, 38, was arrested March 1 while attempting to enter the United States at the Rio Grande City port of entry while driving a Dodge Ram pickup truck, the complaint against him states.

But because U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers noticed Diaz-Deleon was acting nervously, he was referred for secondary inspection.

During this secondary referral, a narcotics detection dog alerted to the presence of possible contraband within the vehicle, which turned up 24 packages hidden within the tires “mounted” on the vehicle, the complaint states.

Inside the more than 20 packages, authorities found a white powdery substance later determined to be meth, with a total weight of 63.9 kilograms, the court record states.

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