Lawsuit Claims Ford Motor Unwittingly Helps Drug Dealers

DEARBORN (AP) – A West Texas man who became an unwitting drug mule for Mexican drug traffickers is suing Ford … claiming the auto maker freely gave away the car key codes that allowed the traffickers to plant marijuana in his trunk.

Ricardo Magallanes was convicted of drug trafficking in May 2011 and faced more than three years in prison when he was cleared. An FBI affidavit from 2011 says traffickers used a locksmith to make copies of their victims’ car keys.

His attorney, Louis Lopez, says Ford has no countermeasures to keep criminals from gaining access to keys.


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