SAN FRANCISCO. A man and woman have been arrested in the Bay Area over the past month on charges of attempting to smuggle 68 pounds of methamphetamine and more than a pound of heroin into the United States, court records show.
Christopher Jefferson and Yelda Shams face federal charges in Southern California related to the October 18 incident in which they were allegedly caught at the Mexican border with a car full of drugs. According to the criminal lawsuit, border guards found 63 packs of methamphetamine that were hidden in the quarter panels and a 2021 Infinity G50 gas tank.
A 1.34-pound package of heroin was also allegedly seized.
Jefferson allegedly told agents that he and Shams had spent the weekend at a rental property in San Felipe and were just returning from a trip. Authorities say the drugs were detected by the dog using a fiber optic sight.
Jefferson was arrested in late October in Santa Clara County and has since been released from federal custody at Santa Rita Prison in Dublin, court records show. According to prison records, Shams was arrested Monday in Pleasanton.
Federal prosecutors El Centro indicted Jefferson and Shams on two counts of importing a controlled substance. Importation of methamphetamine charges a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life imprisonment in federal prison.