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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Birmingham, Alabama: Jeeps Part Of Growing Trend By Cartels To Smuggle Drugs

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

Federal agents say aftermarket devices like this are installed in the Jeep's wheel well to hide drugs as they're smuggled into the United States

Jeeps are becoming a favored vehicle for dealers working to smuggle their product into the United States according to a new lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.

An agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Ivestigations (HSI) detailed the tactic during a traffic stop on March 25, 2022 along Interstate 59/20 in Sumter County. Officers became suspicious when they noticed tamper marks in the tire well of the Jeep Cherokee where the rivets had been replaced with aftermarket screws. 

Inside they found the part mounted in the well, removed it and drilled into it where the white powder confirmed their suspicions. Four kilograms of heroine were wrapped in cellophane inside the compartment. 

HSI agents said similar seizures have been made on other vehicles from Mexico.

Federal agents said the driver, Joao Orlando Carreon-Juarez had a U.S. Border Crossing Card indicating he crossed the U.S.-Mexico border the day before his arrest, suggesting he successfully smuggled the heroine into the country.. Carreon-Juarez was charged with possession with the intent to distribute. His children inside the car were taken into custody by the Alabama Department of Human Resources.



  1. Crime. does not pay, at the end he is going to jail.

  2. Shet, mexican transporting their goods inside oil tankers never get cogidos, same thing with trains loaded with coal since Zedillo sold them Ferronales to dick cheney and now zedillo is a millionaire executive in the privatized train corp.

  3. Damn, people doing this sh@# got to think about it befaore bringing their kids around. Yeah it wasn't accessable to the kids, but you know if caught they're going to try and take'em away. If not for the kids well being then to make you feel the consequences


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