HAMMOND | An Arizona man is facing federal charges after police said they found four bags of methamphetamine stuffed in a Swiss Miss hot chocolate box.
Luis A. Pecina faces a charge of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture containing methamphetamine, according to court records. He had his initial appearance in federal court Friday.
Pecina was arrested Thursday after a Hammond police officer spotted a suspicious Dodge Charger in the parking lot of a Hammond hotel, according to a complaint filed in federal court. An officer pulled the vehicle over after the driver failed to use a turn signal while driving into the parking lot of a different hotel.
According to the complaint, Pecina was a passenger in the car and fled the vehicle but was stopped by an officer. Officers found the hot chocolate box with bags of methamphetamine, three prepaid cellphones and marijuana in the car, police said.
The substance found in the hot chocolate box tested positive as 408 grams of methamphetamine, according to the complaint.