Suspected Drug Dealer Fixes GPS Tag to His Cat


Suspected Drug Dealer Fixes GPS Tag to His CatA suspected drug dealer on bail fixed his GPS tag to his cat to make it look like he was moving.

Diego Martinez-Espinoza, a Mexican national in the United States illegally, realised if the unit was completely motionless, the watchers would be suspicious and check on him.

So he strapped the device to his cat instead, and those in charge of monitoring him apparently were none the wiser.

But in truth he had fled, said police in Chesterfield County, Virginia. He had been held on a drug charge and may now have left the USA.

A court ordered him to wear the device so authorities could keep an eye on his movements until his trial.

Local TV news station WTVR reports that after his arrest on a drug charge, Espinoza was ordered to wear a GPS tag device. Now investigators believe he took it off and placed it on his cat.

Espinoza was arrested in Chesterfield County for trying to manufacture, sell, give or distribute more than 10 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride by concealing it in the drum of a dryer.

He was ordered by the judge to follow the rules on the GPS device and was supposed to go on trial on May 6.

Henrico Sgt. Rick Garrison said: “The courts may order bond with GPS or GPS home incarceration. We also place them on our work-release inmates.”

In February, authorities monitoring Espinoza saw he was traveling south.

Court documents revealed a “strap tamper” alert was sent out. After authorities called Espinoza about the tamper alert, he text back an image of himself wearing the device.

It happened several times according to DEA documents. The unit was eventually replaced, but then went silent on March 1.

When a landlord entered Espinoza’s apartment on Buffalo Road in Highland Springs, Espinoza was gone. But a cat was there, and wearing the GPS bracelet.


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