An illegally parked trailer on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation led to the arrest of a Mexican citizen on drug charges after investigators found a large quantity of methamphetamine.
Francisco Sabrina-Rodriguez, also known as Jose Bucio Bucio, 33, appeared Thursday in U.S. District Court on a complaint charging him with possession of meth with intent to distribute.
U.S. Magistrate Richard Anderson set a preliminary hearing for today. The judge ordered Bucio Bucio held in custody because he is being detained as a illegal alien by the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services.
According to the complaint, Bucio Bucio allegedly possessed 556.8 grams, or about 1.2 pounds, of meth with intent to distribute on April 26 near Lame Deer.
The case began when the Bureau of Indian Affairs got a complaint from landowners about a trailer illegally parked on their land. Five of the eight landowners signed an affidavit demanding that the trailer be removed.
During a check of the property on April 26, BIA Police Sgt. Scott Small saw a white 1990 Honda civic with Washington state license plates parked next to the trailer. Two men, including Bucio Bucio, were inside. While talking to the men, Small noticed a drug pipe and packaging material in plain view. He handcuffed both men and radioed for help, but one of the suspects fled.
While impounding the trailer and car, Small saw that power to the trailer was being supplied by a power inverter from the Honda. He lifted the hood to disconnect the power and saw a large plastic bag containing a white, powdery substance along the firewall of the car. The substance tested positive for meth and weighed 362.4 grams, the complaint said.
Officers impounded the car and trailer and got a search warrant. Inside the trailer, officers found a plastic bag containing 194.4 grams of meth in a duffel bag, the complaint said.
Bucio Bucio told BIA Special Agent Mario Redlegs and FBI Special Agent Wolfgang Hochholdinger that he had traveled to Lame Deer with a friend and that they had left Pasco, Wash., on April 25. Hochholdinger said in the affidavit that Pasco is a source city for methamphetamine. Bucio Bucio denied any knowledge of the meth but admitted that he is in the United States illegally.