"Now, it is from little misdemeanors that major felonies grow. And it is my duty -- it is ANYBODY'S duty -- to stop them before they get too far. Now THE LAW MUST BE UPHELD!"
So, the World Cup soccer tournament is going on right now. Maybe you've heard of it. Well, Jose Diaz-Barajas, 49, did. He and his family flew to Rio de Janiero from Paraguay on June 11 to watch the tournament, specifically the Mexico/Brazil game. He didn't scalp tickets or anything, he bought the tickets legal with his real name and identification.
And that's the problem.
See, Barajas is a drug trafficker. He's on the DEA's most wanted list for bringing meth in the US.
Drug agencies already watch sports events because most kingpins are sports nuts and it makes it easier to find and arrest them. But Barajas turning up under his real name had everyone wondering if something major was going to go down. It soon became apparently they were just there to watch the games, and they simply waited at the airport for him to take his flight home and nabbed him.
So, you're probably wondering why he used his real name and papers instead of forgeries. He thought that, with everyone focused on the World Cup, he wouldn't be noticed.
So, like American Express, you alternate identification -- don't leave home without it.