An accused crystal meth supplier was in the U.S. illegally when he was arrested in a drug sting in Gulfport, a court document said.
A federal detention order shows Carlos Ignacio Bustos-Tinoco, 34, did not have permission to be in the U.S. when he reportedly arranged a 12-pound, $84,000 drug deal. He is eligible for deportation after the case is resolved, U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert H. Walker wrote.
Tinoco, from the Houston, Texas, area, was staying at a motel on U.S. 49 with his wife and child when a DEA Task Force conducted surveillance at the Flying J Travel Plaza on Jan. 9, an affidavit said. The meth was in a suitcase brought on an El Expreso bus.
Agents followed several people, including a woman with a child, who exited the bus at the truck stop and left in a vehicle that showed up, an agent wrote. Agents reported they followed the travelers to a motel on U.S. 49, the area where Tinoco and four others were later arrested.
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Walker denied bond Jan. 23 for those arrested and sent the case to the next grand jury.