Professional Soccer Player Arrested for Trying to Smuggle 48 Pounds of Meth Into U.S.

mexican soccer daniel gomez player arrested smuggling 48 pounds meth

A professional soccer player was arrested at the Tijuana border last week after U.S. Customs and Border agents discovered 48 pounds of meth hidden in his Chrysler Sebring.

Apparently nobody told the guy that America doesn’t need to import meth.

Daniel Gomez Flores, a 21-year-old reserve defender for Mexican club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente, known colloquially as the Xolos, arrived at the Otay Mesa port of entry at 4:52 a.m. on April 5. He told border agents that he was going to have breakfast at Denny’s, then return to Tijuana for an 8 a.m. practice. However, when the agents performed an initial inspection of his car, they discovered that the spare tire was heavier than a spare tire should be.

That discovery led to an x-ray of the vehicle, which showed anomalies in the tire. So an agent cut it open and found 23 packages of a clear crystal-like substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Two days later agents found hidden panels in the car containing more meth.

When questioned by the agents, Gomez, who is an American citizen, said he didn’t know anything about the meth. He said he had traded cars with someone about three months prior, but then decided to trade back about a month ago.

On Tuesday a U.S. District Court in San Diego ruled that Gomez was a flight risk and denied bail pending a further hearing.

Make good choices, kids.

Hat Tip – [Deadspin, ABC 10 News]

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