Man caught trying to smuggle meth in chip bags through LAX


Authorities said 21-year-old Lemuel Espinosa crammed nearly five pounds of methamphetamine inside the bags and tried to board a plane to Japan on Wednesday.

Espinosa didn't make it past the X-ray screeners.

According to the case affidavit, Espinosa was planning to sell the drugs to someone in Japan for $6,000. Homeland Security Investigations agents estimate the methamphetamine would have sold on the street in Japan for more than $200,000.

Espinosa was charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

He was being held without bond pending his arraignment, which was scheduled for Oct. 3. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.

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