Inept Smuggler Hides Cocaine in Xbox 360

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Inept Smuggler Hides Cocaine in Xbox 360

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Sadly, the non-hidden cocaine gave the game away.

Carols Valenuela and his friend Charlie - who weighs exactly 1.8kg and is enormously popular at parties - were taking a drive through Texas, when they were pulled over after Carlos failed to signal a turn at an intersection. The cop from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office who pulled them over noticed that 42-year-old, Carlos, was rather nervous, and that he kept casting surreptitious glances towards the bag on the seat next to him. The bag, of course, contained vast quantities of cocaine.

Now, Carlos had quite cleverly hidden two bricks of cocaine inside the gutted remains of a classic Xbox 360. Unfortunately, he'd chosen a slightly less convincing disguise for the remaining brick - namely a " brick-like bundle wrapped in brown tape." Naturally the sniffer dogs were called in, and shortly thereafter the Xbox was prised open, revealing the drugs within.

Valenzuela now faces a charge of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance. Assuming this is the first time he's been caught and he wasn't arrested within 1,000 feet of a school or youth center, he's facing anywhere between 15 to 99 years in state prison and a fine of "not more than $250,000." He's been placed on a $25,000 bond.

Source: KFOX14 via GamePolitics

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You would think that with all the money to be made smuggling drugs he could afford a second 360 for the last brick. Hell maybe he could have crammed it into a Wii or PS3, anything is better than a very suspcious looking brown brick.

I'd be more impressed if the 360 still worked.

Sometimes I forget how harsh drug-dealing penalties can actually be.

too many movies mang, too many movies. And...maybe GTA too...

superbatranger:
I'd be more impressed if the 360 still worked.

Me too, a classic 360 that hasn't red ringed yet? Unheard of.

*baddumtum etc*

15 to 99 years in prison? WTF that's a long time.

superbatranger:
I'd be more impressed if the 360 still worked.

kajinking:
You would think that with all the money to be made smuggling drugs he could afford a second 360 for the last brick. Hell maybe he could have crammed it into a Wii or PS3, anything is better than a very suspcious looking brown brick.

For fuck sakes. You'd think he could also have both consoles (if he had the brains to use two consoles) inside their boxes. Or maybe the collector's edition of skyrim. That naturally weighed a ton.

Grey Carter:

superbatranger:
I'd be more impressed if the 360 still worked.

Me too, a classic 360 that hasn't red ringed yet? Unheard of.

*baddumtum etc*

well if THATS amazing, I will sell you mine, an original white 360 with a 20 gig HD, only missing the faceplate of the disk tray.

starting bid, four pizzas.....

.... Im starving...

OT: Honestly though, thats just sloppy, most mules hid all their drugs together, I think this was his first ride, hence why the one brick was left to be found easily.

Now, had this been a X-Box 180, then he probably could of fit five more bricks in it.

Im saying the first x box was huge.

shameduser:
15 to 99 years in prison? WTF that's a long time.

... and yet it's not enough because people keep doing stuff like this.

To be honest I suspect the guy won't get anywhere near that, the guy is apparently a mule and he'll probably wind up being asked to trade whoever he was porting the drugs for, in exchange for a lower sentence.

Also the cop's story reeks of bullshit, the guy "nervously eyeing the package next to him" during a "routine traffic stop" that just happens to have that much coke? I'd imagine the cop actually got a tip, pulled the guy over, and is using that as an excuse for searching the vehicle to the extent he did. Don't get me wrong, I think the cops should be able to search cars like this, and the search and seizure laws (the way they are interpeted and practiced) are ridiculous, BUT when it goes to court any lawyer worth a crap is going to be all over how the cop justified searching the vehicle... the claim seems rather weak.

I also have to wonder about the brown paper bag that was so obvious, a guy smart enough to divulge the game box cover (in case of a search) doesn't seem like he would have pakced things like that. It makes me wonder about drugs being planted to justify checking the X-box (knowing what he was using as cover, given the tip), or if the guy was under pressure from his boss to run more material than he was able to properly cover, which means he's more than likely going to be willing to cop a deal.

This is all speculation of course, it's just what I think. I doubt he's going to wind up facing the full potential penelties. The authorities probably have an interest in not having the case fully challenged in court due to the search, and the guy in question seems to be in a perfect position to turn on the people who he works for, because if THEY screwed up any other criminal contacts probably won't blame him if he was made to try and transport more drugs than his set up could safely handle.

this makes me wish more smugglers and such were inept

Why would you hide two bricks and leave one unhidden? What the hell is the point?

I understand that drugs aren't exactly catalysts of great wisdom, but even accounting for impaired reasoning, some of the things I've seen druggies do or heard of them doing just go beyond stupidity.

Carlos should be locked up for 50 years just to keep his poor judgement from tainting whatever he might come into contact with out in the wider world.

So he took all the time and effort for the first two bricks but the last one he just went "Fuck it!" on? I just wish more criminals were this stupid...

I'd like to think that he could have just bought say a used Wii, gut the console and then just cram it all in there and boom, he's good to go. This literally made me face palm.

That's not exactly what one would phrase as "surprising", but alright.

What boggles my mind is how these are really gaming news at all.

Shame, Microsoft could have actually sold that 360 at a profit.

Stories like this always make me wonder: "how would I smuggle something?"

Should've thrown the last brick in the glove compartment, then he'd have had no problems. He could've even just put it under his seat.

Also I don't really see the crime here, it's not like he had explosives or anything. Just something people enjoy and that the government banned for a reason that nobody really knows.

I heard somewhere that that's a hell of a drug.

shameduser:
15 to 99 years in prison? WTF that's a long time.

I think (keyword: "I'm ill-informed and really have no place making this commentary" "think") that the punishment is steep because they are really trying to be extra hard on drug-trafficking in Texas due to the overall situation around the border. Drug-trafficking goes behind drug-trafficking. It's a very bloody business.

That's what you get for not using your turn signal.

Grey Carter:
Carols Valenuela and his friend Charlie - who weighs exactly 1.8kg and is enormously popular at parties - were taking a drive through Texas, when they were pulled over after Carlos failed to signal a turn as an intersection.

Well, as an intersection, he should have known the dangers of not signaling properly. How irresponsible can two intersecting roads be? Guess you can't expect much from something that normally just lays there, not even willing to move out of the way of vehicles.

Is it bad that I find it more wrong that we might put this guy away for drug charges, for longer than we would someone for beating a child or Raping another being?

Grey Carter:
Carols Valenuela and his friend Charlie - who weighs exactly 1.8kg and is enormously popular at parties - were taking a drive through Texas, when they were pulled over after Carlos failed to signal a turn as an intersection.

Failed to signal? That's either a police officer far from making quota this month or cop talk for "I knew something was up and I needed an excuse to pull him over."

Idiots.

I smuggle my cocaine in larger bags of pot, they'll never suspect a thing. hehehehe.

Ok, so this doesn't really belong on this site. REALLY wish sites like TE would stop reporting on inane stuff like this. This does not inform me about any video games, or movies, or even something reasonably associated with video games or movies.

OT: Laziness. There are smugglers who build makeshift submarines to smuggle drugs past the patrols, and this guy can't even put the extra effort to disguise the last brick? Something, something, back in my day, something, something walked 5 miles in a snowstorm to get to school.

ThePenguinKnight:
Idiots.

I smuggle my cocaine in larger bags of pot, they'll never suspect a thing. hehehehe.

You sir, are brilliant. How has no one else thought of this?

OT: So he went to all that trouble to gut a 360 (or buy a gutted 360) to hide Cocaine, and then hiding the rest of it in an obvious brown package? That's like making a smoothie, working really hard to get the perfect balance of fruit and everything else, and then urinating in it. It simply makes no sense.
"Inept" is an overstatement.

DustyDrB:
I heard somewhere that that's a hell of a drug.

shameduser:
15 to 99 years in prison? WTF that's a long time.

I think (keyword: "I'm ill-informed and really have no place making this commentary" "think") that the punishment is steep because they are really trying to be extra hard on drug-trafficking in Texas due to the overall situation around the border. Drug-trafficking goes behind drug-trafficking. It's a very bloody business.

Drugception?

He could have fit all three inside the original Xbox, plus two more in one of the controllers.

RaNDM G:
That's what you get for not using your turn signal.

That's what I was thinking, I hate those bastards who don't signal turns.

I've done worse to my Xbox.

And seriously, what an anal cop. Pulling over a guy for not putting on his turn signal? He must have been bored out of his mind.

Scars Unseen:

DustyDrB:
I heard somewhere that that's a hell of a drug.

shameduser:
15 to 99 years in prison? WTF that's a long time.

I think (keyword: "I'm ill-informed and really have no place making this commentary" "think") that the punishment is steep because they are really trying to be extra hard on drug-trafficking in Texas due to the overall situation around the border. Drug-trafficking goes behind drug-trafficking. It's a very bloody business.

Drugception?

He could have fit all three inside the original Xbox, plus two more in one of the controllers.

Only 2 inside each controller? I thought you could replace an original xbox controller with a fullgrown grizzly and it would seem just a tiny bit smaller!

Formica Archonis:

Grey Carter:
Carols Valenuela and his friend Charlie - who weighs exactly 1.8kg and is enormously popular at parties - were taking a drive through Texas, when they were pulled over after Carlos failed to signal a turn as an intersection.

Failed to signal? That's either a police officer far from making quota this month or cop talk for "I knew something was up and I needed an excuse to pull him over."

Willin to be cop talk. Unless its a local county law, I don't think I've ever heard of an actual law that states you have to signal before a turn and if there is it almost never is enforced. Also given the way traffic court judges are, if a cop bothered them with somethin ridiculous as not signalin a turn they'd throw the case out and tell them not to waste their time.

Funny story about that. Once had a judge do that when someone was ticketed for drivin 2 mph over the speed limit. Judge looked at the cop and literally said "Don't ever waste my time with something as pointless as this ever again." Then he dismissed the case.

So yeah. Chances are the cop either knew beforehand because of an informant what was up or he noticed somethin funny about the situation and needed a legal reason to pull him over.

Well it's obvious why he kept the other bit of coke outside of the Xbox. He didn't want it to get bricked.

Ba dum tish.

Oh also, Yahtzee's "Haze" review is in the related articles. That made me giggle.

What an idiot why didn't he just ditch the cop and get a bribe between the alleys and boxes? Wait that's GTA3.

Anyway, people still actively use UPS to move drugs from what I heard so, still not the craziest thing I've heard.

Grey Carter:

superbatranger:
I'd be more impressed if the 360 still worked.

Me too, a classic 360 that hasn't red ringed yet? Unheard of.

*baddumtum etc*

I have a classic 360, no red ring yet.

Captcha: Spruce up. No way, not getting a slim 360.

You guys cant pulled for not indicating in America? I hate it when someone doesnt indicate in front of me but I dont think Ive ever heard of the police here in the UK pulling someone for it.

Certainly doesnt sound like hes the brains in this little operation though.

Kalezian:

Grey Carter:

superbatranger:
I'd be more impressed if the 360 still worked.

Me too, a classic 360 that hasn't red ringed yet? Unheard of.

*baddumtum etc*

OT: Honestly though, thats just sloppy, most mules hid all their drugs together, I think this was his first ride,

Yeah, if you're nervous like that, he has to be new. I thought it would be common sense not to keep glancing at your hiding place.

Grey Carter:
he's facing anywhere between 15 to 99 years in state prison

That's quite a large gap. They could narrow it down maybe a fraction.

Any who, slightly on topic, I love his name. Carols Valenuela is brilliant.

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