Records: Edinburg man who attempted to cross the border carrying meth candles
Officers arrested a 24-year-old Edinburg man last month after he attempted to cross the border carrying meth-filled candles, according to federal court records.
Moses Rene Hernandez, 24, of Edinburg attempted to walk across the Progreso bridge on Dec. 18 carrying eight candles.
Asked about the candles, Hernandez said they were part of "arrangements for his niece's baptism," according to the federal criminal complaint against him.
Officers sent Hernandez to secondary inspection, where a K-9 alerted to the candles. An X-ray revealed seven of the eight candles had cores made of a different substance.
Officers cut into the candles and found a white, powdery substance, according to the criminal complaint. The substance tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed nearly 18 kilograms.
"Hernandez stated that he was supposed to be paid $400 cash once he cross into the U.S. with the candles," according to the criminal complaint. "Hernandez stated that he was recently released from prison and needed the money to support an addiction to crack cocaine."
Hernandez is charged with importing methamphetamine.
An attorney who represents Hernandez didn't respond to a request for comment.