El Paso man wraps marijuana in Christmas gift boxes

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 9:48am

El Paso County Sheriff's deputies arrested Gabriel Mendiola, 24, for allegedly disguising 145 pounds of marijuana as Christmas gifts.

Deputies found the drugs in several boxes wrapped in wrapping paper inside Mendiola's car during a traffic stop on December 12th.

Mendiola allegedly ran away, but investigators arrested him at a home in Socorro on December 26.

He is charged with possession of marijuana over 50 pounds, evading arrest, and failure to identify.


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