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DPS: Trooper seizes $3.6M in meth in Carson County traffic stop

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  1. SmokeTwibz

    A state trooper arrested two California men Monday on drug charges after the officer searched a motor home in Carson County and found 100 pounds of methamphetamine valued at more than $3.6 million, the Department of Public Safety said.

    Shortly before 7 a.m. Monday, DPS said a trooper patrolling Interstate 40 pulled over a 1992 Winnebago motor home on a traffic violation. During the stop, the trooper searched the vehicle and found several bundles of methamphetamine hidden inside false compartments in the motor home, DPS said.

    The driver, Felix Lopez Vasquez, 58, of Perris, Calif., and his passenger, Victor Hugo Gutierrez, 43, of Orange, Calif., were arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony, DPS said, and the men were booked into the Carson County Jail.

    The DPS said the drugs were being transported from California to Tulsa, Okla.

    by Jim McBride | May, 13 2013
    Amarillo Globe-News
    http://amarillo.com/news/2013-05-13/dps-trooper-seizes-36m-meth-carson-county-traffic-stop

Comments

  1. Diverboone
    Oklahoma was the first to pass some of the toughest pseudoephidrine laws in the U S. This was going to solve all their meth issues. Looks like Oklahoma still has a thriving population of meth users. 100lbs would provide 873 meth users 1 gram per week uncut. Meth is another industry that ended up south of the boarder.
  2. laugher
    It blows my mind to think about someone with millions of dollars worth of drugs committing a traffic offense!And it happens all the time.Seems strange they're only being charged with possession,that will probably change later.Tulsa is a big drug "hub" being in the center of the country.Hate to see anybody going to prison for drugs but it doesn't bother me that this speed won't be on the streets ,it really is a horrible drug.
  3. Diverboone
    A "Pre-textual" stop based upon "perceived" infarction/offense {following too closely, swerving within lane, improper tint, ect) is a common tactic used during investigations. This is often involved in cases where an undercover investigation is ongoing and the law enforcement want it to appeared that the loss of product was just bad luck due to a traffic stop.
    Google "Policing for Profit in Tennessee" you should be able to find some tactics they use to form probable cause. But in Tennessee's case, the officers were not interested in the drugs, it was the money, whether it was drug related or not. Their task force is solely funded upon seizures. So if they do not seized enough property (money. cars) then they do not get paid.
    I would be willing that the meth found in this case was known to be in the motorhome before the traffic stop occurred.
  4. Akanaro
    ^
    That could very well be the case, especially considering that the stuff was hidden in false compartments. I doubt that it's common procedure for cops to search a vehicle to that extend, if at all, when stopping a motorist for a traffic violation. Normally you'd have to behave very strange, threaten them in some way, appear intoxicated or any suspicious behaviour that would warrant such a search.

    Perhaps they got searched because they were high. Perhaps for no reason except being Mexican. Prejudice and stereotyping is still alive. Who knows?
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