A former border city official is facing federal charges in Mexico after he was reportedly caught trying to smuggle more than 1,100 bulletproof vest and 1,200 cell phones from Texas.
Alfredo Biasi, the former Social Development Secretary for Matamoros and the owner of Grupo Alpha, was detained and taken to the local headquarters of the attorney general’s office with some of his employees for questioning about the alleged smuggling case.
According to information revealed by Mexican authorities, the case began at one of the international bridges in Matamoros, when Grupo Alpha employees tried to drive a truck with doctored importation documents claiming the cargo consisted solely of medical equipment.
Because the crime is considered federal in nature, Mexican customs contacted the attorney general’s office (PGR) to take over the case.
Biasi was the social development secretary for Matamoros during the administration of Leticia Salazar from 2013 to 2016.