DPS Discovers Meth during Traffic Stop

January 9, 2019
Five pounds of methamphetamine

AMARILLO – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) seized close to five pounds of methamphetamine Friday, January 4, after a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper stopped a vehicle in Carson County.

At approximately 12:19 p.m., a DPS Trooper stopped a 2017 Nissan Sentra traveling east on I-40 near Conway for a traffic violation. The Trooper then discovered plastic-wrapped bundles of methamphetamine concealed inside luggage behind the driver's seat.

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agents and DPS Special Agents were contacted to assist with the case. DEA Special Agents arrived on scene and adopted the case.

The driver – Brendan Martin of Corona, California – and passenger – Araceli Barrera of Los Angeles – were arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance. Martin, 30, and Barrera, 23, were transported and booked into the Randall County Jail.

The drugs allegedly were being transported from Los Angeles to Little Rock, Arkansas.

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