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Local News Release

October 5, 2018

DPS Discovers Meth Concealed in Rear Quarter Panels

AMARILLO - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) seized nearly 36 pounds of methamphetamine October 3, after a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper stopped a vehicle in Carson County. 

At approximately 11:57 a.m., a DPS Trooper stopped a 2007 Mercedes GL450 traveling east on I-40 near Conway for a traffic violation.  The Trooper then discovered multiple bundles of methamphetamine concealed inside both backseat quarter panels of the vehicle.

The driver, Esmervi Carone-Rodriguez, 35, of Louisville, Kentucky, was arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance.  Carone-Rodriguez was transported and booked into the Carson County Jail.  DPS Special Agents and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agents were contacted to assist with the case. 

The drugs allegedly were being transported from Phoenix, Arizona to Louisville, Kentucky.

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