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LPD: Three men arrested for allegedly smuggling meth through Border Patrol checkpoint

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Date:
Tuesday, Sep 11, 2018

Three men were recently arrested for allegedly smuggling crystal methamphetamine through the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 35.

Carlos Garcia, 55, David Garcia, 24, and Esteban Saldaña, 21, were charged with possession of a controlled substance. Each is out on bond from the Webb County Jail.

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The case dates back to Sept. 4, when Laredo police officers responded to Border Patrol's Laredo North Station, 11119 McPherson Road.

Agents stated that at about 1:30 a.m., a blue GMC Yukon arrived at the checkpoint on I-35. During an immigration inspection, a K-9 unit alerted agents to an odor emanating from the rear cargo of the vehicle.

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The driver stated he was going to San Antonio to visit his grandmother, according to police.

Agents referred the men to secondary inspection. Further inspection revealed 5.7 pounds of crystal meth inside two plastic containers, according to police.