A Man Was Caught Trying to Smuggle 75 Pounds of Weed Through DFW Airport

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Fulton County (Ga.) Sheriff's Office
Adrelos Sanchez Waters
Adrelos Sanchez Waters drew suspicion as soon as the woman at the baggage check-in counter in McAllen, Texas, all of seven miles from the Mexican border, checked in his two pieces of luggage. They were heavy, much too heavy to just contain clothes and toiletries.

She contacted McAllen police, who in turn relayed the information about Waters and his suspicious luggage to DFW Airport, where he had a connecting flight.

There, as he waited in Terminal A for his flight to Atlanta, Waters was met by a pair of DEA agents who began asking about his travel. Waters told the agents that he had just finished up a week-long landscaping job in McAllen and was headed back home to Georgia.

That explanation might have passed muster, given McAllen's well-established practice of importing landscaping help from Georgia, but agents felt that Waters was acting suspicious. According to a federal court filings, he "gave evasive answers, often mumbling and beginning to visibly sweat," when asked why he had traveled so far for a job that lasted just a week.

He hesitated, too, when asked to describe his luggage but finally told agents that there were two pieces, one red, the other black, both the rolling kind. When they asked if they could search, Waters gave his OK.

The DEA's drug-sniffing dog, Cody, met Waters' plane on the tarmac and had no trouble sniffing out Waters' luggage. Filling each suitcase -- dimensions 29" x 18" x 10", or about three cubic feet -- was a single plastic-wrapped bundle packed tight with what appeared to be marijuana. All told, there were 34 kilograms, or about 75 pounds.

Waters was placed under arrest and read his Miranda rights, at which point he refused to answer any more questions. Waters was taken to the Tarrant County jail. He was charged Monday with trafficking marijuana.


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donron
donron

back in '82 I was flying back from New Orleans. I had just wrecked my rental car, missed my original flight and was running to make the last flight out for the day. When I got to the X Ray, the nice lady asked what was in my bag. I told her is was my camera and gladly opened it,  forgetting I had a bag of weed right on top. She looked in, smiled and said "It's a camera alright... have a nice flight." I had to stop by the restroom and clean my underwear out. Thank you nice lady!

TexMarine
TexMarine

Did I miss something? How/why was he allowed to board the flight in McAllen in the first place?  I guess they're lucky that it was 75 lbs of weed and not something else. 

Mervis
Mervis

I remember when I was young and dumb Mervis I went to see my sister in NYC. Had a mid-morning flight and while getting ready to go to airport I waked-and-baked. In the hazy aftermath I rolled up the baggie real nice and threw it in one of my two bags. Got to DFW and checked one bag and went to security and after clearing the metal detector and going for my carry on they grabbed it to hand search and all of the sudden I realized what they were about to find right on top when they unzipped it. My heart was going 120 easy as I thought I was about to go to the pokey. I saw it sitting there plain as day but the nice lady was looking for something else that was spotted on x-ray and I dodged a bullet.

Moral of the story: Don't wake-and-bake when you fly?

monstruss
monstruss

I love how, in these comments, we're more concerned about how shitty the weed is, rather than the fact that this moron got caught trying to fly with it. That warms the cockles of my heart. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Who hasn't tried to do this? I once tried to smuggle a Laotian Boar through customs at DFW, but the damn thing sh+t all over the place!

MattL11
MattL11

I admire his entrepreneurial spirit and everything, but is it really worth it to bring that much shitty weed to the fine people of Atlanta? Don't they have line on some decent stuff? 

xmantx
xmantx

What an idiot, doesn't TSA go through most luggage anyway?

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

I'm wondering how it made it through baggage handling.

FEDUP
FEDUP

'That' is a MORON.  Lock it back up in a cage.


GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

The police will probably say that the street value of the 75 pounds of weed was 3 billion dollars.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

@MattL11 Regardless of his entrepreneural spririt, you have to see the flaws in his business model.  The cost and the risk involved in flying the product back to Atlanta does not make economic sense.  I would assume that at least he saw the demand and therefore the economic opportunities related to the presumed "shitty" weed. 

His cover story is also evidence of his failure to develop a business model.  If you use a landscaping job as your cover, not only is the fact that you did it for only one week seems unlikely, who would fly to do landscaping.

He should have driven a car (not a van) from Atlanta to south texas and returned home.  Drive the speed limit and make sure you signal and that all of the equipment works.  Less cost and less risk. 

Ricky_Hollywood
Ricky_Hollywood

@Montemalone What probably happened is that they let him board him flight, so that they could get him on federal trafficking charges.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@Montemalone maybe a little sampler bag in an outer pocket simply labelled "Thanks TSA, for all you do (or dont do)"

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

@Montemalone From being detected or being lost?  I would think that the odds would be pretty even either way.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@FEDUP That costs a lot of money, for a crime that was never intended to hurt anyone.  Unless you think he was gonna use it as a blunt object (that brick weed would hurt)

Mervis
Mervis

Street value? Wholesaler, pound dealer, qtr pound dealer or final oz/qtr oz dealer?

Daniel
Daniel

@GuitarPlayer You'd have a hard time giving away 75 pounds of Mexican weed anymore.

Mervis
Mervis

Your last paragraph sounds like it comes from a man of experience.

MattL11
MattL11

@Rumpunch1 @MattL11 Oh, there's no doubt that virtually every aspect of his plan was pure shit. However, you can teach proper execution. You can't teach spirit and drive, and this guy seems to have those in droves. 

FEDUP
FEDUP

@scottindallas @FEDUP Allright lets get a 

rope!


FEDUP
FEDUP

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @FEDUP Shut the f**k up, I'll run over your cats.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

@Mervis Generally it will be highest (pun intended) and best use.  Therefore, I would assume they mean price paid by end user.  Without market analysis, you also assume that they have made no discounting for quality.  Maybe, they get a cop who used to be a stoner and he might certify it as "good shit".  However, that analysis does not account for product innovation since he had left the industry.

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

@Daniel  


There are plenty who would take it. But the police will inflate the value of the drugs they seize for the publicity.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

@Mervis I make my living partially by advising clients to control costs and mitigate risks.  The same concepts apply to all businesses, regardless of distributed product.

Therefore, to answer your question, while I do have experience in the relevant business practices, I do not have interstate drug smuggling experience.  However in high school I did teach an acid dealer how to balance his cash against his inventory to determine product loss.

The part about making sure the car is in good working order, well I got that advice from Pulp Fiction, however I do stand by the recommendation.

RyanM8
RyanM8

@MattL11 @Rumpunch1 ala Nate Newton, we will hear about this guy getting busted with pot in Texas again. guaranteed. he doesn't look like a quitter.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

@GuitarPlayer @Daniel I never understood why they place a value when making the report.  The report should just state weight.  When they quote a price, it basically admits that there is a market for the product and that the illegal nature has pushed up the prices.

Have an independent appraiser come in who will base the price on the proper market attributes such as recent sales of like products between a willing seller and buyer. 

The will start getting more careful if pot laws are repealed.  Basically, if they want to eminent domain a pot farm, they will be trying to argue that it is low grade.

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