A Drug-Smuggling Truck Driver Was Caught after Crashing His Rig During the Icepocalypse

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Those who could stay off the roads on Friday did so, but truckers, the grease that keeps American commerce humming, couldn't rest. They had consumer goods to deliver, groceries to restock, gasoline stations to replenish.

At around 3:30 p.m., police say Martin Barrera was transporting a particularly precious load of cargo east on U.S. 80 in Mesquite when he hit a patch of ice on the overpass crossing 635. He lost control, and his truck slammed into the median. Barrera avoided a plunge to the interstate below, but just barely. His truck came to rest atop the low concrete barrier.

Mesquite police arrived on the scene a few minutes later. While they were waiting for a wrecker to tow the disabled truck, they began conducting an inventory of the cargo.

See also: How the Feds Busted a Zetas-Connected Cocaine Ring Supplying Dallas with 100 Kilos per Month

What they found in the trailer isn't listed in a federal criminal complaint filed against Barrera on Monday, but inside a tall storage compartment directly behind the passenger seat they found a dozen packages, densely packed and bound with electrical tape. A small incision revealed a white powdery substance: cocaine.

Police seized the cocaine, 13.6 kilograms in all, and arrested Barrera on a charge of possession with intent to deliver five kilos or more of cocaine, a charge that carries 10 years to life in prison. During a pat-down police found a .40-caliber Smith and Wesson in a holster on his hip. A computer check revealed that Barrera has a valid concealed handgun license. He remains in custody.

For those of you following along at home, that's Icepocalypse 1, cocaine dealers 0.

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DFWconspiracy
DFWconspiracy

This is part of a larger problem--namely, the Cartels' growing sphere of influence. The police don't seem eager to mention how bad it's getting--such as guys with their limbs cut off being set on fire. Everyone's trying to keep this stuff under the rug.

paulpsycho78
paulpsycho78

but i heard from every church security providing gun totin good ole' boy that no criminals ever have Concealed licenses?  Why would God let this happen?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Possession of a firearm while engaging in drug crimes is an extra 10 years in prison.



LaKeesha
LaKeesha

or a nickel.... say it with me out loud, nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnickle ;)

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Would anybody else find it ironic if they used a dime instead of a penny to provide the scale for the photograph?

ruddski
ruddski

13kilos! That's like... 17 billion dollars street value. Thanks for messing with the economy, MPD.

ColoradoMan
ColoradoMan

coppers lookin for a quick & free bump since they were working over time lol

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Why were the police searching the cab?  What was their reasonable suspicion? Or was this a case of they did it, because they could?

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

My question, as well.  Why on earth did he not put a padlock on it?

txpwr
txpwr

Any car towed in mesquite has an "inventory search" conducted to "protect" the owner's possessions. Of course this often results in the finding of contraband which results in charges. Not that I have experience in such matters. ;)

ruddski
ruddski

They searched because there was coke in the truck, there's your reasonable.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Even if you call your own tow truck?

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

But did they know that the coke was in the truck? Or was this a case of the police asking the driver: "Do you have any Pepsi?" and he replies: "No, Coke."; "Search it boys, he's got coke!".


In the industry I work in, we use a product called coke breeze.  It is essentially a very fine carbon powder.  One time, the delivery truck was late getting to the jobsite.  We asked the driver what happened.  He said he got pulled over for a truck safety inspection and when asked what he was hauling, he said "Coke".  Next thing, he is in the back of the patrol car and half a dozen troopers are crawling all over the truck.  After many hours of searching they demand that he tell them where it is.  He says: "On the trailer, 45,000 lbs of it.  The manifest is in the cab."  He said that the cops were not very happy with him.  He said he told them, likewise.

tdkisok
tdkisok

@ruddski


You idiot. They found the cocaine AFTER searching. Poster Boy wanted to know what reasonable cause did they have to look in the first place.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@primi_timpano ... Nope, which is why you should always call your own tow.


If the police tow a vehicle, they can and will "inventory" the contents under the pretense of protecting the owner/driver's valuables from untrustworthy tow-truck operators.


In reality they use it a free "probable cause" and it becomes a contraband bonanza for them.


txpwr
txpwr

No it was a firsthand experience unfortunately. Sorry if my sarcasm was too thinly veiled.:)

ruddski
ruddski

tdkiosk, you try too hard. Relax a bit and you'll live longer and get more tail.

JFPO
JFPO

Ruddski was trying to funny. He's not very good at it.

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