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May 23, 2019

iPhone sends meth smuggler to border checkpoint in Canada

March 14, 2019
The Blue Water Bridge connecting Sarnia, Ontario to Port Huron, Mich., is shown in this 2015 file photo (main). (Paul Sancya / AP; iStock)

No driver should solely trust their smartphone navigation apps – especially when carrying large amounts of illegal drugs.

A Canadian citizen learned that lesson the hard way this week when his iPhone took him to a U.S. border checkpoint by Port Huron, Mich.


The man, Constantine Xethalis, was traveling Wednesday morning with about 10 pounds of methamphetamine in tablet form, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection said. He was trying to take the drugs from Montreal to Calgary when he went on a shorter route to Port Huron’s Blue Water Bridge, an international bridge connecting the two countries, authorities said.

Officers inspected the man’s car because he and his two passengers could not initially provide proof of citizenship. Xethalis told authorities he had agreed to transport “something” as well as those two passengers for a person he owed a $2,000 gambling debt, according to a criminal complaint filed in Michigan federal court.

(U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Xethalis was charged with importing a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

“This is a perfect example of the type of activities that CBP (sees) every day at Ports of Entry around the United States,” Michael Fox, director of that port of entry, said in a news release. “Our Officers here in Port Huron are true professionals and can be proud today knowing they stopped ten pounds of drugs from making it to the streets of America.”

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