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$2.7 million worth of drugs found hidden in cartridges

February 8, 2021

Photo Credit: Fayette County Sheriff’s Office – Sheriff Keith Korenek

The Fayette County Narcotics K-9 Unit seized 59 pounds of methamphetamines hidden in Lexmark toner cartridges during a traffic stop on the Interstate 10.

On Wednesday 3 February, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Canine Unit, SGT Randy Thumann and K9 partner Kolt, stopped a VW SUV for a traffic violation. Taking to social media, Sherrif Keith Kornek described that “after speaking to the driver SGT Thumann became suspicious that the vehicle was involved in transporting illegal narcotics.”

After receiving consent to search the vehicle, Kolt was deployed to do an external examination of the vehicle. Kolt alerted SGT Thumann of the presence of illegal narcotics which resulted in a full search of the vehicle. The search revealed ten new, boxed toner cartridges filled with methamphetamine.

Photo Credit: Fayette County Sheriff’s Office – Sheriff Keith Korenek

The discovered 59 pounds of meth has a street value of approximately $2.7 million (€2.24 million). Sheriff Keith Korenek named the driver as Alvaro Barrera (49) of Laredo, TX who was consequently arrested for Felony drug possession and taken to the Dan R. Beck Justice Centre.

SGT Randy Thumann and K9 partner Kolt seem a busy team, with reports from only a few weeks earlier where the team found 5.65kg of cocaine during a traffic stop on the same Interstate.

Photo Credit: Fayette County Sheriff’s Office – Sheriff Keith Korenek

 

 

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