Foreigner remanded over cocaine smuggling charge
A New Mexico man charged with transporting more than 1.5 million pounds of cocaine and conspiring to do so was remanded in custody Friday, after allegedly helping another man import the drugs to the U.S.
Norman L. McElroy, 43, of Casper, was charged in federal court in Las Cruces with one count of conspiracy to import over 1 million pounds of cocaine into the United States, bringing the total estimated quantity to nearly 5 million pounds.
“The drugs they want are being smuggled in through the streets of Las Cruces,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Mascuzzi. “Once the narcotics are here, they want to take it to Mexico, to California.”
The drugs, as well as the proceeds made from the sale of the goods, can be used to fund “Operation Teflon,” Mascuzzi said.
McElroy is charged with the indictment by a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force after investigators intercepted drug shipments from an underground ring he was accused of공주안마 supporting, the criminal complaint said.
Investigators also said he was involved in the trafficking of methamphetamine from his home in Casper to F공주출장샵lorida.
Pol영주안마ice said McElroy is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 4 in federal court at 10 a.m. and have been unable to reach him Friday.