Howe Police discovered more than two pounds of methamphetamine, which has an estimated street value of up to $100,000, inside a vehicle after a traffic stop early Monday morning.
Officers pulled a vehicle over for a traffic violation on northbound U.S. Highway 75 at about 1:13 a.m., a Howe Police Department news release stated. Det. Keith Milks and Officer Oscar Martinez made the stop and spoke to the two occupants of the vehicle. Martinez, who is fluent in Spanish, translated for Milks, the release noted.
Pablo Alejandro Garcia-Camacho of Dallas was arrested for manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance greater than or equal to 400 grams and possession of a controlled substance less than a gram. Bond was set at $20,000 for the first charge and $5,000 for the second. Guadalupe Ortiz-Martinez of Dallas was arrested for manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance greater than or equal to 400 grams and bond was set at $20,000.
The release explained Milks asked for consent to search the vehicle after the 27-year-old driver and 25-year-old passenger appeared nervous and gave conflicting travel accounts. The owner of the car, who was the passenger at the time, gave officers consent for the search.
A large bag containing a crystallized substance was found hidden in an area under the windshield wiper base on the passenger side. The release stated Milks believed the substance was meth, so the officers field tested it and the results came back positive for the substance. The bag weighed in at a little more than two pounds.
“This is the largest drug seizure by Howe officers in many years, if not the largest ever,” Howe Police Chief Carl Hudman said in the release.
The officers also discovered digital scales inside the vehicle and found less than a gram of cocaine in possession of the driver. The passenger was found in possession of 1.4 grams of meth, according to the release. The officers seized $1,871 in cash from the suspects, and the release noted the department plans to file civil forfeiture proceedings against it.
Police estimated the street value of the drugs could be between $90,000 and $100,000.