May 27, 2013
On May 14, police in Homewood, Ala., arrested Juan Alberto Canedo, 19, during a routine traffic stop on Valley Ave. A K-9 unit conducted a search of the Mexican national’s vehicle and discovered more than 30 ounces of methamphetamine.
Further investigation has turned up evidence that Candeo works for one of the major Mexican drug cartels, according to police.
With a street value of around $127,000, this is the most meth ever confiscated in Homewood, Police Chief Jim Roberson said.
Roberson believes 19-year-old Canedo is likely a mule, or transporter of drugs, in the Mexican drug cartel. Police say around 80 percent of the meth trade in the U.S. has been taken over by the Mexican drug cartel due to a crackdown on meth by states.
“We are desperately trying to stem the tide of illegal drugs into our country in general and in Homewood specifically,” Roberson said.
Canedo has been charged with trafficking methamphetamine, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia as well as weapons charges. He is currently being held at the Jefferson County Jail on an immigration detainer.
A week later, on May 21, U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers confiscated 32 pounds of methamphetamine at the Hidalgo International Bridge, from a Reynosa man.
The seized narcotics have a street value of approximately $485,000.
The man who was turned over to the Department of Homeland Security, presented officers with a U.S. birth certificate, according to a CBP press release.
While these two cases, one week, and 850 miles apart, account for more than $600,000 in methamphetamine being taken off the streets, they represent merely the tip of the iceberg in this nation’s growing dependency on Mexican methamphetamine.