Authorities in Georgia say they arrested a repeat border crosser and his accomplice after they transported and attempted to sell $400,000 worth of methamphetamine.
According to the Miami Herald, they allegedly agreed to meet an undercover agent posing as a buyer for the narcotics. Police claim the pair had seven kilograms of crystal meth in their possession but had agreed to sell only five.
Both 38-year-old Saul Bustos Bustos and 24-year-old Irepan Salgado reportedly pleaded guilty to a federal charge earlier this year.
The pair met at an IHOP in Hialeah, Florida, where Salgado’s brother presented them with what they believed to be an opportunity to sell the drugs, according to court records. The negotiated price of $14,500 per kilogram is significantly lower than the reported street value of the crystal meth.
They allegedly drove to Georgia in late November to meet the undercover agent at a warehouse. They were both arrested shortly after arriving as they moved the narcotics from their vehicle.
In January, both suspects pleaded guilty to federal charges related to the undercover bust. Bustos is expected to face additional charges related to his continued illegal re-entry into the U.S.
In 2017 alone, reports indicate the Mexican citizen crossed the U.S. border three separate times — once in April and twice in July — after having previously been deported.
Bustos and Salgado are both facing a decade behind bars in federal prison following their guilty pleas on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of the controlled substance.
The additional charge against Bustos is illegal re-entry after removal, according to court records.
[Featured image: Saul Bustos Bustos/U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration]