Austin Police Department

APD seizes $4.8 million in narcotics during traffic stop

July 16, 2018 - 9:04 am

AUSTIN (KJCE) -- A traffic stop along Interstate 35 last week led to an estimated $4.8 million in illegal drugs being seized, Austin Police announced Monday morning.

Last Tuesday, officers stopped a 2004 Ford F-150 truck in the 12600 block of Interstate 35 for speeding and failure to display a front license plate. While speaking with the driver, officers cued in on several clues that led them to believe the vehicle was being used to smuggle illegal narcotics.

While searching the vehicle, officers noted several anomalies around each of the truck's tires. Upon further investigation, APD Narcotics K9 "Raggio" positively alerted on the vehicle, leading officers to discover approximately 62 kilograms - including cocaine, methamphetamines, and heroin - hidden in metal casings inside each tire.

The driver of the truck, identified as 43-year old Armando Martinez of Weslaco, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. He is currently in the Travis County Jail awaiting transfer to federal custody. Officials say the case has been referred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for further review.

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