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Mexican Judge Jailed After Trying To Enter U.S. with Highly Illegal Cargo

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A fired Mexican judge is in a bit of a pickle after he decided to try to import 38 pounds worth of Colombia’s most lucrative export into the United States.

Earlier this week, the San Diego Union-Tribune revealed that former judge Eduardo Francisco Sais Peinado was being charged in a San Diego federal court for trying to smuggle nearly 40 pounds of cocaine into the United States over a border crossing in February.

Jail and court records revealed that Sais was arrested Feb. 10 after he stuffed the Bolivian marching powder into his Jeep Liberty and tried to cross into the United States through the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

“Sais was alone in his Jeep when crossing about 6:20 p.m. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer conducting inspections approached him as he waited in the pre-primary lanes,” the Union-Tribune reported.

“Sais presented his border crossing card and said he was headed to Chula Vista, according to the complaint. He said he had nothing to declare and that the only people who use the Jeep are him and his girlfriend, the complaint states.”

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However, the officers used a device which tests the density of certain vehicle parts and the Liberty didn’t pass the test.

After Sais was asked again whether or not he had anything to declare. Again, he told officers he had nothing. A drug-sniffing dog disagreed, noticing a smell from the door.

X-rays then revealed anomalies in the door, which led to them finding 11 packages filled with cocaine stuffed in there.

Long story short, he’s now in federal custody without bail. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Do you think the U.S. has a drug smuggling problem at our southern border?

Sais was a former judge in (of course) Tijuana since the previous administration, working municipal cases.

“A Tijuana city official said Sais was fired from his judicial post that same day for a work-related matter but declined to elaborate further, including if the arrest had anything to do with the dismissal,” the Union-Tribune reported.

Let me be the first to say that I’m shocked — shocked, I tell you! — that someone like Sais has gotten himself into such a pickle.

Mexican jurists, as we know, are some of the most incorruptible in the world, especially from the shining city on the hill that is Tijuana. Who on earth would think someone of his stature would dare smuggle 38 pounds of extremely illegal Schedule I drugs into the United States?

Also, doing it in a Jeep Liberty is just tacky, man. It’s like a Jeep for people who don’t really like Jeeps.

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At least get a Wrangler, for heaven’s sake. Don’t tell me you haven’t extorted enough money from extortion and/or smuggling. Have some class.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Birthplace
Morristown, New Jersey
Education
Catholic University of America
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Topics of Expertise
American Politics, World Politics, Culture




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