Austin police find $4.8 million worth of drugs hidden inside man’s tires

Austin police revealed the haul from a major drug bust last week that found $4.8 million worth of illegal drugs.

Austin police revealed the haul from a major drug bust last week that found $4.8 million worth of illegal drugs.

The Austin Police Department said they caught Armando Martinez, 43, smuggling 138 pounds of illegal narcotics inside the metal casings of his car tires. Authorities estimated the value of the drugs to be $4.8 million. Chron reported.

Austin police revealed the haul from a major drug bust last week that found $4.8 million worth of illegal drugs.
Armando Martinez

Police said they stopped Martinez last Tuesday because he was speeding, and his car did not have a front license plate. During the traffic stop, a drug-sniffing dog gave a positive alert on the vehicle, leading to the discovery of the narcotics, police said.

The tires had been modified with moon-shaped steel casings that were welded on. All four tires had illegal drugs, Austin police said.

APD seizes $4.8 million in illegal drugs• Cocaine – 82 lbs. (37 kg)• Methamphetamines – 50 lbs. (22.5 kg)• Heroin – 6 lbs. (2.8 kg)

Posted by Austin Police Department on Monday, July 16, 2018

In total, police said they discovered 82 pounds of cocaine, 50 pounds of methamphetamines and six pounds of heroin. Martinez was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

He is a resident of Weslaco, a town west of McAllen. He is currently being held in Travis County Jail.

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