POTTER COUNTY, TX (KAUZ) - Texas Department of Safety (DPS) Troopers made a sizable seizure on Tuesday when they confiscated over 44 pounds of heroin in Potter County.
Joe Laura-Merida, the 31-year-old driver of a late model BMW and his passenger of the same age, Jose Morales-Rittinger both of Mexico were arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance after troopers pulled over the two near Amarillo, Texas.
Just before 5 p.m. on troopers pulled over a car traveling east on Interstate Highway40 just outside Amarillo for a traffic violation. That's when the trooper was able to discover several packages wrapped in cellophane tape. The packages were found inside a false compartment behind the rear seat of the vehicle.
Officials valued the drugs at over $5 million.