GPS Leads Feds To Drug Trafficking Operation

heavenly_transport_drugsDrug trafficking is a big problem in the U.S. Whether drugs are coming from Canada or Mexico, many drug cartels are coming up with ways to sneak their goods across borders undetected.

In 2005, a tunnel was discovered from Canada to the US. A thrown-together hut covered the entrance on the Canadian side, with the other end emerging into a living room inside of a residence in the U.S.

Tunnels have been attempted in Mexico as well, like last year’s that started in Mexico and ended up in Arizona. But the process of building a tunnel to smuggle drugs can be quite costly, not to mention dangerous. It’s safe to say this method is not for everyone!

The Old Fashioned Way

Others prefer to rely on the old fashioned smuggling method: a vehicle. Over the weekend, a trucking company owner was arrested for doing just that, caught in an unexpected way. How? The GPS tracker that was attached to his truck, of course!

Javier Casas, owner of Heavenly Transport, was arrested on October 25th for knowingly sending his employees to transport shipments of marijuana all over the northern United States.

How They Caught Him

Homeland Security was on the job after they stopped one of Heavenly Transport’s employees, Mathew Luna, for a routine border patrol check at the Falfurrias Border Patrol checkpoint. The truck was supposed to be carrying a load of office furniture to Kentwood, Michigan, but the officers quickly discovered roughly 400 pounds of marijuana contained inside of duffel bags hidden throughout the harmless cargo.

During questioning by US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, Luna broke down and spilled the details. He gave the names of both Casas and his sister as the owners of the truck, as well as the address Luna picked the truck up all loaded, which just happened to be a ranch belonging to both Casas and his sister.

Did He Know What He Was Carrying?

Most definitely. He told Immigration and Customs officers that the load was supposed to be office furniture, but Casas had asked him to take the duffel bags full of drugs along as well. He added that he did not know what drugs were contained in the bag, that Casas did not specify, and Luna didn’t inquire.

Apparently the final destination for the drugs wasn’t Michigan, just the office furniture. Casas asked Luna to meet up with him in Austin to unload the duffel bags, and then transport the furniture to its final destination in Kentwood. Casas promised Luna $2,500 for that trek. He’d done this type of deed for Casas before, and has made as much as $7,000 for a single trip.

The Final Nail In The Coffin

Authorities had enough incriminating evidence to justify affixing a GPS tracker to the tractor trailer truck. After a time, the GPS tracker sent an alert to Homeland Security Investigations: the truck was on the move. It ended up at Casas’ ranch, and they were able to move in and catch him in the act.

He was arrested thanks to the GPS tracker, and charged with drug possession and conspiracy. He is being held without bail and is due to face a judge at some point this week.

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