Student was unsuspecting drug mule, blames Ford in lawsuit Daily Caller
If The Daily Caller has said it once, we’ve said it 1,000 times: Always check the trunk of your car for mysterious duffle bags full of marijuana whenever you are crossing an international border. Ricardo Magallanes did not heed this advice, and he paid a steep, terrible price.
Magallanes, a student at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), is now suing Ford Motor Company because he was an unsuspecting drug mule, reports the El Paso Times. His lawsuit alleges that the carmaker handled keys and key codes so negligently that drug smugglers were able to break into his 2007 Ford Focus and plant 112 pounds of marijuana.
According to an FBI affidavit, four other similarly unwitting victims were also involved. All of them lived in Juárez and worked in El Paso.
The affidavit states that the marijuana was to be distributed across the country.
Four of the five cars targeted in the scheme were Fords. The fifth one was made by General Motors. The lawsuit asserts that Ford was allegedly in the practice of providing “widely available access to Ford-key cut codes” for its cars and trucks while GM was not.