FAYETTE COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — An El Paso man is in custody after authorities in Fayette County say he was transporting 16 kilograms of methamphetamine along Interstate 10 Monday.
The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office says just before 5 p.m., Sgt. Randy Thumann and his K9 partner “Lobos” pulled over a 1999 Ford F-250 for a regular traffic stop. During the stop, the officer determined there were “several inconsistencies” in the driver’s itinerary from El Paso to Atlanta.
The driver, Fernando Nolasco, 50, gave consent to search the vehicle. During the search, Lobos alerted the officer to the possibility of narcotics. Authorities discovered two aftermarket compartments built into the truck. The compartments were also lead-lined which police say is used to avoid x-ray detection at border check points.
A total of approximately 16 kilograms of methamphetamine, with an approximate street value of $1.6 million were seized.