Texas police made two methamphetamine busts when K-9 officers sniffed out the presence of drugs during traffic stops. The incidents took place on May 5 and May 9.
In the first case, an officer with the Round Rock Police Department executed a traffic stop when he observed a vehicle tailgating another car on Interstate 35. When he questioned the driver and passenger about where they were headed, they gave conflicting answers. He became suspicious and requested that a K-9 officer come to the scene to check the vehicle. The dog gave the signal for drugs, and officers found 71 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the vehicle’s gas tank. Authorities estimate the drugs are worth $2 million. The vehicle’s driver, a 36-year-old Alabama resident, was arrested and charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance. The passenger was not charged.
In the second case, a deputy with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office pulled over a Nissan Murano on Interstate 10 for an alleged traffic violation. While questioning the vehicle’s occupants, the deputy noted inconsistencies in their stories. As a result, he had his K-9 partner sniff the vehicle. The dog indicated that drugs may be present, and a search of the vehicle revealed 60 pounds of methamphetamine in its gas tank. The car’s 29-year-old driver was charged with drug possession and booked into the Dan R. Beck Justice Center in La Grange.
Drug charges can result in serious consequences, including long prison terms and significant fines. However, a criminal defense attorney could review a defendant’s case and work to obtain a more favorable outcome.
Source: Star-Telegram, “They had 71 pounds of meth in the gas tank — and too many stories, Texas cops say”, Matthew Martinez, May 10, 2018