A “starving Texan” who tipped off police about his alleged drug smuggling attempt after enjoying a McDonald’s cheeseburger at the checkpoint was sentenced to federal prison on Monday.
Yen-Tsun Huang, 30, was sentenced on Monday after police arrested him for attempting to smuggle nearly 740 grams of methamphetamine into the country after seeing him ‘suspiciously’ eating a McDonald’s cheeseburger as soon as his arrival at the checkpoint.
He was sentenced to serve more than seven years in federal prison and three years of supervised release after the alleged trafficking incident that took place on July 4, 2020, U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery announced.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, officers have seized more than 3,000 pounds of methamphetamine along the U.S. border since October 2021. In November, the month with the highest number of seizures, officers have discovered 581 pounds of methamphetamine.
The court also noted that Huang, a Taiwanese citizen, would lose his lawful permanent resident status and be issued an immigration warrant upon completion of his incarceration.
Huang, who pleaded guilty to the charges on Nov. 3, 2020, was a passenger in a vehicle attempting to pass through the Falfurrias Border Patrol checkpoint, the Justice Department said.
But when officers noticed Huang eating a cheeseburger at McDonald’s, located more than an hour away, they became suspicious.
“Law enforcement noticed that Huang displayed suspicious behavior by eating a cheeseburger as soon as he arrived,” a press release read. “A K-9 also alerted authorities to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle.”
During secondary inspection, officers reportedly discovered “brick-like objects” attached to each of Huang’s legs. Officers determined that the “bricks” contained 738.56 grams of methamphetamine.
The price of methamphetamine ranges from about $20 to $60 per gram, according to the Addiction Center. The Addiction Center also estimates that someone with a severe meth addiction could spend between $13,000 and $38,000 a year on meth.
Newsweek contacted the US Customs and Border Protection press secretary for Texas.
On June 21, Oklahoma police arrested a Carl’s Jr. employee after he allegedly stuffed a small bag of methamphetamine into a customer’s hamburger.
In March, a father and son were arrested after police allegedly discovered methamphetamine crystals “floating” inside a large McDonald’s Coca-Cola.
In California, Customs and Border Protection reportedly arrested a 28-year-old man who allegedly hid $300,000 worth of methamphetamine and fentanyl pills in the floor of his car.