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Pastor home after targeted in international drug trafficking scam

Posted at 1:58 PM, Jun 12, 2016
and last updated 2018-11-21 17:45:57-05

A Henderson man returned to the valley Saturday night after he was targeted in an international drug trafficking scam.

J. Bryon Martin's son Andrew said his dad met a woman online and was told to carry a package across the border of Spain but inside the package was drugs. Martin, who had been a pastor in Maine before moving to Nevada, ended up spending a year in jail.

"I know he's been going through a lot being locked up for a year in a foreign country," Andrew said during the reunion with his father at McCarran International Airport.

Andrew ended up testifying before Congress about his father's case where he learned about dozens of other Americans who were targeted.

The scam tends to target senior Americans in promising prizes or relationships. The scammers then hide drugs in their bags hoping custom officials won't suspect them.

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