Flying from Mexico to Seattle with a couple of tequila bottles shoved in your luggage isn't unheard of. But it's what was allegedly inside the two tequila bottles found stowed in Ernesto Ruelas-Rodriguez's luggage by Customs and Border Patrol agents at Sea-Tac Airport last week that has the Mexican national in serious trouble.
According to documents filed late last week in U.S. District Court, what Customs and Border Patrol Agents found in Ruelas-Rodriguez's tequila bottles was definitely capable of fucking you up - but it wasn't booze. Instead, authorities say it was more than five kilograms of liquid methamphetamine destined for Spokane, Wash.
Federal prosecutors say at approximately 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 special agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security were contacted after a border search of Ruelas-Rodriguez's belongings turned up the tequila bottles in question. Having just landed at Sea-Tac on a flight originating in Mexico, authorities say Ruelas-Rodriguez - who told authorities he has legal permanent residence in the United States - later admitted that he'd agreed to transport the drugs to Spokane in exchange for financial reimbursement.
According to charging documents:
[Ruelas-Rodriguez] further stated that he was asked by an associate in Mexico to transport two tequila bottles containing liquid methamphetamine into the United States and to deliver the narcotics to another individual in Spokane, Washington. RUELAS-RODRIGUEZ stated that he knew the bottles contained methamphetamine. RUELAS-RODRIGUEZ further stated that he was to be compensated an unspecified amount for transporting the methamphetamine into the United States.
Because of his alleged luggage, federal authorities say there's probable cause to believe Ruelas-Rodriguez committed the crime of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance - a drug offense with a maximum sentence of ten years or more. Further court dates are pending.
No word on whether there was a worm at the bottom of either bottles.
Find the complaint filed against Ruelas-Rodriguez in federal court below.