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Cubs minor leaguer Jesus Camargo-Corrales charged with possession of 21 pounds of methamphetamine

Police in Eagle County, Colorado, say they pulled over a man driving a BMW on Wednesday before finding 21 pounds of suspected methamphetamine and 1.2 pounds of suspected oxycodone in his car.

The suspect is Chicago Cubs minor leaguer Jesus Camargo-Corrales, according to 9 News in Denver.

According to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Camargo-Corrales’ BMW was speeding and swerving between lanes, prompting the traffic stop. When they pulled him over, deputy Evan Jaramillo said he asked Camargo-Corrales if there were any drugs in the car.

Camargo-Corrales told him “no” and that he follows a strict anti-doping policy because he plays in the Cubs system, according to the report. The three men gave deputies permission to search the car, and a K-9 dog named Zane signaled officers to search under the rear seat, according to ECSO.

Deputies found a Cubs duffel bag filled with cleats, baseball gloves and several packages of a white substance believed to be methamphetamine, according to deputies. They also found $1,000 in cash in addition to the suspected oxycodone pills, per the report.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 21, 2021 at 12:19 AM | 40 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Zach Posted: March 21, 2021 at 03:38 AM (#6009416)
Meet the Meth.
   2. bunyon Posted: March 21, 2021 at 08:34 AM (#6009418)
So, Jesus, what did you buy with your signing bonus?



Also, who gives a cop permission to search a car with 21 pounds of meth in it?
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 21, 2021 at 08:42 AM (#6009420)
According to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Camargo-Corrales’ BMW was speeding and swerving between lanes, prompting the traffic stop.
Maybe next time don’t let Jesus take the wheel.
   4. Ron J Posted: March 21, 2021 at 08:47 AM (#6009421)
#2 Maybe he's going for the Pedro Guerrero defense.
   5. bunyon Posted: March 21, 2021 at 08:58 AM (#6009422)
Ron J, sounds like it might work. I find, when driving with 21 pounds of meth, that not swerving and speeding is effective.
   6. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: March 21, 2021 at 09:59 AM (#6009429)
And just like that, Jesus goes from prospect to suspect.
   7. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 21, 2021 at 10:42 AM (#6009430)
And just like that, Jesus goes from prospect to suspect.

With 21 lbs of Meth in his car, I think we can skip suspect, and assume Federal prisoner is the next stop.
   8. Ron J Posted: March 21, 2021 at 11:27 AM (#6009436)
#5 I'll defer to your greater expertise in the matter. But that whole thing does sound a bit like they got their plans from watching some Cheech and Chong movies.
   9. The Duke Posted: March 21, 2021 at 11:33 AM (#6009437)
3. Should have turned comments off after that. Well played.
   10. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: March 21, 2021 at 11:34 AM (#6009438)
That's some fine meth he's gotten himself into.
   11. Jack Sommers Posted: March 21, 2021 at 01:03 PM (#6009449)
Esteban Loaiza laughs at this rookie
   12. puck Posted: March 21, 2021 at 02:43 PM (#6009462)
The ESPN article said he did it for $500, and that he agreed to do for a friend from Sinaloa (Camargo-Corrales is also said to be from there). That article also implies the dog sniffed it out, and then they gave permission to search, which seems more likely. The jig is up once the dog sniffs it.

I wondered why he'd do such a thing for $500 and why he was not driving carefully. Stupidity seems like the most likely answer. But I also wondered, if you're from Sinaloa and someone asks you to do something like that, how do you say no? You can't, and you can't call the police. So you have a choice between doing it carefully and not getting caught, but letting those drugs get out into a community, or getting caught? Jesus is not stupid, he's a hero!

Also, this is why they should pay these low level farmhands more.

$500 to drive up into the mountains and risk a felony? No way. I get $2500/month, subsidized housing and a nutritious training table just for showing up. Try someone from the Rockies, those guys all eat at Taco Bell.
   13. . Posted: March 21, 2021 at 04:42 PM (#6009473)
This is the kind of thing that happens when MLB doesn't pay minor leaguers enough money.

And racism.
   14. Walt Davis Posted: March 21, 2021 at 05:38 PM (#6009480)
The jig is up once the dog sniffs it.

Drug-sniffing dogs are wrong over 50% of the time. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-03/fact-check-are-drug-dogs-incorrect-75-pc-of-the-time/10568410

Which doesn't mean the jig isn't up if you happen to hae 21 lbs of meth on you if a dog-positive is considered reasonable basis for a search.

(And the article references Australian dogs used to detect individuals in possession of drugs, car searches may have much higher or lower levels of accuracy for all I know.)
   15. Eric L Posted: March 21, 2021 at 07:27 PM (#6009493)
I unfortunately have to cross a border checkpoint regularly. Over the years I’ve had the dogs react to food smells. Not at all unique to me.
   16. puck Posted: March 21, 2021 at 08:39 PM (#6009500)
Which doesn't mean the jig isn't up if you happen to hae 21 lbs of meth on you if a dog-positive is considered reasonable basis for a search.


That's what I meant, I assumed the dog is considered the basis for probable cause. Maybe it's not.
   17. Walt Davis Posted: March 21, 2021 at 09:02 PM (#6009509)
For those who don't follow Aussie legal controversies, the main issue is that in NSW (and some other states), cops have decided at times to "crack down" on this sort of thing and use drug sniffing dogs at large outdoor music fests, etc. They are used as justification for undertaking a search, including strip searches -- including, in some cases, strip searches of girls under 18 ... including cases where male cops allegedly were ogling from outside the van (the search undertaken by a female cop in "private"). It's a stupid use of police resources in the best of circumstances, it's obviously way over the top given the shitty accuracy, used to justify a strip search and employed against minors.

Border check points and customs is a much different context; reasonable cause to search a car should possibly be substantially lower than reasonable cause to strip search a 16-year-old.
   18. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: March 21, 2021 at 10:03 PM (#6009519)
Stupidity seems like the most likely answer.


I remember reading an interview years ago(wish I could find it now) with an ex FBI deputy director or some high up guy and he said they catch most criminals because they are stupid or just do really stupid things.
   19. we all water; we all 57i66135 Posted: March 21, 2021 at 10:33 PM (#6009521)
21 lbs of methamphetamine? he's probably just preparing to take the SATs.
   20. Adam Starblind Posted: March 21, 2021 at 10:37 PM (#6009522)
N/m
   21. Zach Posted: March 22, 2021 at 01:14 AM (#6009532)
But I also wondered, if you're from Sinaloa and someone asks you to do something like that, how do you say no? You can't, and you can't call the police.

Does "Plato o Plomo" apply to low level transport? I thought it was more cops and politicians.
   22. . Posted: March 22, 2021 at 05:36 AM (#6009536)
There's no need for probable cause if someone consents to the search.
   23. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 22, 2021 at 08:10 AM (#6009537)
#22 yes but people were asking why he consented to the search in the first place. If the dogs had sniffed the drugs then I guess the search was only a matter of time, consent or not.

———————

My cat likes to sleep on top of my suitcase if I don’t put it away in the closet. Usually I lint roll the suitcase before I travel to get al the cat hair off, but one time I forgot. The drug-sniffing dogs at the airport went nuts, and I got pulled aside to have my belongings searched. Thankfully it was quick and I didn’t miss my flight. There was another woman in line with a cat carrier who also got searched (she didn’t have a cat with her, though...seemed a bit suspicious to me :-)
   24. DL from MN Posted: March 22, 2021 at 08:21 AM (#6009538)
Drug-sniffing dogs are wrong over 50% of the time.


If an officer wants the dog to "alert" they can usually figure out a way to get the dog to "alert".
   25. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 22, 2021 at 09:00 AM (#6009541)
If an officer wants the dog to "alert" they can usually figure out a way to get the dog to "alert".

Well, the article said the dog led them right to the drugs (under the rear seat).
   26. bunyon Posted: March 22, 2021 at 10:06 AM (#6009549)
Yeah, there are loads of issues with dogs, the war on drugs, racism in policing, etc.


But these guys had 21 pounds of meth under the rear seat. I mean, I'm not seeing the larger issues at play here. Obviously they deserve a trial, but it's hard to get too worked up about these guys being in jail. 21 pounds of meth isn't a bunch of teens smoking grass.
   27. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 22, 2021 at 10:30 AM (#6009555)
I don’t think anyone said they had a problem with the arrest.
   28. . . . . . . Posted: March 22, 2021 at 11:12 AM (#6009565)
Wait now I’m not a meth user myself so I had to look this up but the threshold for presumptive trafficking charges under federal law is 5 grams of meth and this ############ was caught with 21 POUNDS? Holy ####.
   29. flournoy Posted: March 22, 2021 at 12:15 PM (#6009570)
For anyone not interested in doing the math, that is 9520 grams over the 5 gram threshold.
   30. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: March 22, 2021 at 12:52 PM (#6009576)
Wait now I’m not a meth user myself so I had to look this up but the threshold for presumptive trafficking charges under federal law is 5 grams of meth and this ############ was caught with 21 POUNDS? Holy ####.


Eh, trafficking charges can be sorta bullshit. Quick google search has 5 grams equaling 25 doses, valuing around $200-$300. That's a weekend with friends, not trafficking. 21 pounds? Yeah, that's trafficking.
   31. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 22, 2021 at 01:09 PM (#6009580)
Quick google search has 5 grams equaling 25 doses, valuing around $200-$300. That's a weekend with friends
I think you have different friends and different weekends than I do.
   32. Zach Posted: March 22, 2021 at 03:01 PM (#6009604)
That's a weekend with friends, not trafficking.

I've read that gangs make sure the point of sale dealer keeps a low inventory to reduce the chances of robbery / pilfering / legal exposure if he gets caught.

   33. Vailsoxfan Posted: March 22, 2021 at 03:38 PM (#6009610)
Woohoo. My hometown finally made baseballprimer.com. 1st time since Kobe got in trouble and visited the county courthouse.
   34. depletion Posted: March 22, 2021 at 06:53 PM (#6009632)
And 1.2 lb (550 g) of oxycodone! Something is suspicious about Mr. Camargo zipping between lanes while carrying 40 years worth of slammer in his car. I'm pretty sure rule #1 of moving drugs is "maintain a low profile". He may be safer in a US prison than elsewhere.
   35. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: March 23, 2021 at 01:20 PM (#6009707)
And 1.2 lb (550 g) of oxycodone! Something is suspicious about Mr. Camargo zipping between lanes while carrying 40 years worth of slammer in his car. I'm pretty sure rule #1 of moving drugs is "maintain a low profile". He may be safer in a US prison than elsewhere.


Maybe he was high on meth? Just had to sample the goods to make sure they were legit.
   36. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 23, 2021 at 02:26 PM (#6009717)
Taking drugs that will no doubt get you suspended from your job would certainly add to the level of bad judgment here.
   37. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: March 23, 2021 at 02:41 PM (#6009723)

Taking drugs that will no doubt get you suspended from your job would certainly add to the level of bad judgment here.


On the list of bad decisions Camargo made, taking a drug that may get him temporarily suspended from baseball is WAY down there.
   38. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 23, 2021 at 03:04 PM (#6009730)
On the list of bad decisions Camargo made, taking a drug that may get him temporarily suspended from baseball is WAY down there.

I'm guessing Camargo is not going to be available for work for the next decade or two.
   39. Ron J Posted: March 23, 2021 at 03:18 PM (#6009733)
#38 California Penal League was the ticket for one famous player. All that's required is getting out in a timely manner and that's ... admittedly unlikely.

Edit: Minor issue of admission into the US with a felony drug convictions too.
   40. Jesus Luzardo Maraschino Posted: March 23, 2021 at 03:50 PM (#6009740)
When he gets out on parole he should join a scrappy underdog team, cut the sleeves off of his leather jacket and adopt a catchy walk up song.

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