Opera singer caught with drugs

2012-10-07 08:24
A mock tik lab. (File, AFP)

A mock tik lab. (File, AFP)

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San Diego - An up-and-coming Mexican opera singer is being charged with drug trafficking after he was caught driving a car stuffed with methamphetamine in San Diego County.

The District Attorney's office says 23-year-old Maximino Melchor Vazquez is charged with transportation and possession of methamphetamine with intent to sale. He's being held in jail on $1 million bail.

U-T San Diego reported the tenor from Tijuana was driving on Interstate 5 on 19 September when he was pulled over, and 44 pounds of meth was found in a concealed compartment in his car. Federal authorities say that quantity was worth up to $500 000 on the street.

Vazquez faces up to 14 years in prison if convicted.

His friends tell the newspaper Vazquez was probably tricked or forced to drive the car.

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