AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Police say a traffic stop in Central Texas has led to $4.8 million in drugs found smuggled inside the tires of a pickup.
Austin police on Monday announced the arrest of the driver during a July 10 stop for allegedly speeding on southbound Interstate 35. The vehicle also lacked a front license plate.READ MORE: 'Light At End Of The Tunnel,' National Guard Delivers Water To Garland Residents In Need
Police say 43-year-old Armando Martinez of Weslaco gave officers permission to search the vehicle and narcotics K-9 “alerted” that there were drugs in/on the truck. Investigators report finding 82 pounds of cocaine, 50 pounds of methamphetamine and 6 pounds of heroin hidden in metal casings inside each tire.READ MORE: North Texas Smoke Shop Employee Adam Omar Charged With Murder In Shooting Death Of Man He Suspected Of Stealing
Travis County jail records show Martinez was being held on three counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Online records didn’t list an attorney for Martinez, whose bond was set at $300,000.MORE NEWS: Yes, Face Masks Are Still Required In Collin County Even With Disaster Declaration Rescinded
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