Mexican opera singer held over drugs

 

An up-and-coming Mexican opera singer is being charged with drug trafficking after he was allegedly caught driving a car stuffed with methamphetamine in San Diego County in southern California.

The District Attorney’s office said 23-year-old Maximino Melchor Vazquez is charged with transportation and possession of methamphetamine with intent to sale.

He is being held in jail on $1 million bail.

U-T San Diego reports the tenor from Tijuana was driving on Interstate 5 on September 19th when he was pulled over, and 20kgs of meth was found in a concealed compartment in his car.

Federal authorities said that quantity is worth up to $500,000 on the street.

Vazquez faces up to 14 years in prison if convicted.

His friends told the newspaper Vazquez was probably tricked or forced to drive the car.

AP