Peninsula Man Tries to Mail Meth, Cocaine to Philippines

His crime was discovered when he asked why his package didn't arrive.


A Redwood City man is in jail after trying to mail a package containing three kilograms of methamphetamines and cocaine to the Philippines, the District Attorney's Office reported this week.

How was he caught? He contacted FedEx to ask why his package never reached its destination.

On Aug. 24, Gabriel Uribe-Bautista, 37, of Redwood City, dropped off two packages containing the illegal drugs at a FedEx store in Redwood City.

County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said the packages' contents were discovered when going through customs. The packages were then intercepted by officials.

Authorities then knew they had their man when Bautista called to find out why his packages had not yet arrived at their destination in the Philippines. He was promptly arrested on Sept. 12.

Bautista pleaded not guilty this week to three charges of illegally selling and transporting drugs.

Bautista's bail was originally set at $4 million, but a judge this week reduced that amount to $1 million. Bautista has not yet posted bail.


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