Pro soccer player charged for trying to smuggle 48 pounds of meth into U.S.

DEA agents found 23 packages of a clear “crystal-like substance” upon inspection of Flores’ car. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)

A pro soccer player out of Tijuana, Mexico has been charged after trying to import 48 pounds of methamphetamine into the United States last week.

Daniel Gomez Flores, a 21-year-old defender on the second team of the Tijuana-based club Xoloitzcuintles, was arrested on April 5 when customs agents found multiple packages of meth stuffed into a spare tire. Gomez, a U.S. citizen, told agents that he was crossing for breakfast at Denny’s and planned to return to Mexico for 8 a.m. soccer practice that day, but was prevented from crossing.

According to documents, DEA agents found 23 packages of a clear “crystal-like substance” upon inspection after an x-ray of the vehicle showed something suspicious in the car’s spare tire. The contraband tested positive for methamphetamine, and authorities found more packages of drugs in the side panels of the vehicle two days later.

Gomez said he knew nothing about the drugs When questioned by agents, claiming that he had traded his car with someone a few months back, and then traded back cars with the same person about a month ago.

Gomez has been denied bail, but that can reportedly change if one of his U.S.-based family members takes him in for the legal proceedings, according to his lawyer.