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Unworn seatbelt leads to drug bust in Texas Panhandle

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — A Texas traffic stop spurred by an unworn seat belt led to about 60 pounds of methamphetamine discovered in a vehicle headed for North Carolina.

Federal court records filed Monday show three people have been charged following the weekend traffic stop in the Texas Panhandle. Court documents say authorities also found about 10 pounds of suspected heroin in vacuum-sealed packages during a search of the SUV.

A Texas trooper on Interstate 40 in Carson County on Sunday stopped the vehicle after noticing a passenger not wearing a seat belt.

An affidavit says the driver told authorities she was being paid to take the rental vehicle from Southern California to High Point, North Carolina. Two passengers were also detained.

Court documents did not detail a street value for the confiscated drugs.

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