Illegal aliens seem to cause trouble in many places they turn up. Take the drug running corridor on the west coast. Two non-gringoes got caught with methamphetamine worth hundreds of thousands on the street, and, guess what, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) now has them in custody.
Israel Salvador Mercado-Mendoza, 30, of Creswell said after his arrest that he had traveled to Los Angeles and paid $120,000 for meth that he had intended to deliver in Eugene, according to an investigator’s affidavit filed Monday in Douglas County Circuit Court.
Mercado-Mendoza also said that he had made similar trips about two times per month for the past seven months, according to the affidavit.
Mercado-Mendoza was taken into custody along with Rigoberto Morfin-Pedroza, 33, of Los Angeles after police pulled over their vehicle on Interstate 5 north of Rice Hill for speeding and allegedly found the shipment of drugs.
The meth seizure is the largest-ever for the Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team and is among the biggest in Oregon in recent memory.
Both men were charged Monday with possession and delivery of meth. They are being held in the Douglas County Jail.
A state trooper stopped a Dodge pickup truck occupied by the two men shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday. Douglas County drug team agents arrived at the scene with a drug-detecting dog that sniffed out the odor of narcotics in the vehicle, the affidavit states.
Detectives ultimately found 74 one-pound packages of meth stuffed inside a suitcase located in the bed of the pickup truck, according to the affidavit.
Mind you, this bust didn’t happen in California where illegal aliens have all but overrun parts of Los Angeles, but in Oregon.
At this time the two men are in federal custody and are awaiting their fate. This incident, though, demonstrates something that most law-abiding and respectful Americans about those who are in the country illegally: many of them don’t care a whit for our laws. They are here to make a buck any way they can.
That is part of the reason why we need the wall. It’s more than just stopping the invasion of people from the south.