Canada man caught trying to transport 10 pounds of meth to Michigan

Posted at 12:11 PM, Mar 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-14 14:36:02-04

PORT HURON, Mich. (WXYZ) — A man from Montreal was caught at the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron for trying to transport meth.

According to a criminal complaint, on March 13, Customers and Border Protection Officers conducted an inspection of a 2019 Volkswagen Jetta as it was coming into the United States.

The vehicle was driven by Constantine Xethalis; it was determined that Xethalis and two passengers were unable to provide proof of citizenship.

A search of the car revealed a green reusable grocery bag containing approximately 10 pounds of meth in tablet form.

During an interview with officials, Xethalis said that he has a $2,000 gambling debt and in exchange for waiving his debt, he agreed to transport "something" to Calgary.

According to the criminal complaint, Xethalis stopped to eat at McDonald's two blocks from his home. There, he was approached by a woman who called him by name. The woman requested to borrow his car keys.

He allegedly gave her the keys and they were returned to him a short time later. He told officials he was aware the woman placed pills in his trunk but did not know what they were.

After leaving Montreal, Xethalis traveled to Toronto, where he allegedly picked up Serge Allan and Avannie McDonald. Xethalis said Allan used a navigation app on his iPhone to direct them to a bus station in Calgary. During a stop for gas, Xethalis discovered the green bag of pills in his trunk.

Xethalis said the group followed the directions that guided them to the Blue Water Bridge into the United States.