A man took his first bite of what appeared to be a McDonald’s Big Mac while at a Texas Border Patrol checkpoint — and at least one officer thought it odd, according to federal authorities.
That’s because the nearest McDonald’s is more than 60 miles south of the ? Falfurrias Border Patrol Station†
“It was unusual for someone to wait until the exact moment they arrived at the checkpoint to eat,” officials said in a complaint.
The “hungry Texan” was turned out to be smuggling meth that day in July 2020, authorities say, and now he is going to jail.
Yen-Tsun Huang, a Taiwanese citizen living in Austin, was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, according to a June 27 press release from the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Texas. He will also lose his US resident status and will likely be deported upon his release.
This conviction follows Huang’s plea of guilty on November 3.
His attorney declined to comment on McClatchy News.
Huang was a passenger in a vehicle that passed through the checkpoint on July 4, 2020, according to the press release. Then officers noticed that he “displayed suspicious behavior by eating a cheeseburger immediately upon arrival”.
While an officer was conducting an immigration inspection, a service dog discovered narcotics, according to court records. The car was sent for a second inspection and the three occupants were asked to get out.
Huang was knocked down, and officials say an officer “felt a brick-like object tied around each thigh.”
He wouldn’t answer what those rocks might be, so he was brought in for a thorough search, it says. Huang was asked to pull down his jeans and officers found three bundles taped to his legs.
The man admitted to hiding meth, authorities said. The three bundles later tested positive for 738.56 grams of meth.
The driver of the vehicle told authorities that his roommate had asked him to pick up Huang and the other passenger in McAllen, according to court records. He says he asked them if they had any narcotics on them, and they both said no.
The other passenger said she was not aware that Huang was carrying meth and reported that she was not involved in the operation.
Huang will be transferred to a US Bureau of Prisons facility to serve his sentence.
The Falfurrias Border Patrol Station is located about 75 miles (75 km) north of McAllen and the Rio Grande River.