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Mexican opera singer charged with drug trafficking

/ 10:41 AM October 07, 2012

Screencap from U-T San Diego website

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

The District Attorney’s office said 23-year-old Maximino Melchor Vazquez was 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 (http://bit.ly/QLL05e ) reported that the tenor from Tijuana was driving on Interstate 5 on Sept. 19 when he was pulled over, and 44 pounds of meth was found in a concealed compartment in his car. Federal authorities said that quantity was worth up to $500,000 on the street.

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Vazquez would face up to 14 years in prison if convicted.

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

TAGS: Entertainment, Illegal drugs, Maximino Melchor Vazquez, Music
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