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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Traffic stop in Austin leads to $4.8M in drugs inside tires

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Police say a traffic stop in Central Texas has led to $4.8 million in drugs found smuggled inside the tires of a pickup truck.

Austin police on Monday announced the arrest of the driver during a July 10 stop for allegedly speeding on southbound Interstate 35. The vehicle also lacked a front license plate.

Police say 43-year-old Armando Martinez of Weslaco gave officers permission to search the vehicle. Investigators report finding 82 pounds (37.19 kilograms) of cocaine, 50 pounds (22.68 kilograms) of methamphetamine and 6 pounds (2.72 kilograms) of heroin hidden in metal casings inside each tire.

Travis County jail records show Martinez was being held Monday on three counts of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance. Online records didn’t list an attorney for Martinez, whose bond was $300,000.

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