Dog betrayed a former employee of the Baja California Prosecutor’s Office who tried to pass drugs to the US

The official was detained by US authorities, (Illustrative Photo: CBP US)

Octavio Andree Espino Torresa former employee of the Baja California Prosecutor’s Office, was arrested on June 7 at the San Ysidro port of entry when he tried to introduce 45 packs of methamphetamine (crystal) to the United States, which contained 30 kilograms of the synthetic drug each.

In the indictment filed in a United States Court, in the Southern District of California, a Border Patrol dog alerted agents to narcotics hidden inside the vehicle in which the former agent of the Public Ministry was traveling who was later promoted to the position of assistant to the Chief of Staff of the head of the Prosecutor’s Office, Ricardo Iván Carpio Sánchez.

“Espino Torres knowingly and intentionally imported a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, into the United States from a location outside of the United States in violation of Title 21 of the United States Code. the US, Sections 952 and 960″, is detailed in an excerpt from the document presented in court.

According to the statement of facts, on June 7, 2018, at approximately 1:45 p.m., Octavio Andrée, a Mexican national, presented his border crossing card and applied to enter the United States from Mexico through the San Ysidro port of entry. Espino attempted to enter the 10 lane in a 2016 Nissan Versa with Baja California license plates.

Subsequently, a Customs and Border Protection (CBPO) official received two customs declarations from Espino, who declared that he was crossing the border to go to the Las Américas shopping center in San Ysidro, California.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent inspected the trunk area of ​​the vehicle and discovered packages hidden behind covers.so Espino’s car was sent for a new inspection.

An officer operating the X-ray machine, Z-Portal, detected abnormalities in the vehicle’s doors and rear panels. Later, while a canine control team was conducting secondary operations, one of the dogs trained in narcotics detection alerted officers to the suspicious packages in the trunk.

Subsequent inspection of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of 45 packages concealed in the vehicle, with a total weight of approximately 29.34 kg. A sample of the substance inside the packages tested positive for methamphetamine characteristics.

Image: Baja California State Attorney General's Office (FGE)
Image: Baja California State Attorney General’s Office (FGE)

For this, Espino was placed under arrest at approximately 6:00 p.m. During a post-arrest interrogation, the former Baja California FGE agent denied any knowledge that the narcotics were in his vehicle. According to his version, he only went to the Las Américas shopping center to buy a suit.

Octavio Andrée Espino Torres was arrested and charged with violation of Title 21 of the United States Code, 952 and 960, for importing an illicit substance.

For its part, the Attorney General of the State (FGE) of Baja California announced through a statement that the former employee of the local agency worked in the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office for Adolescentsfrom which he was discharged due to his numerous faults.

“Before he was discharged for an excessive number of fouls, Octavio “N” was in administrative functions within the Prosecutor’s Office in relation to projects in his assigned area, in addition to assisting as an assistant to the head of the office of the head of the FGE in some additional tasks, “said the FGE.

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