$100k worth of meth found during Austin traffic stop

Hugo Maya-Rodriguez (APD Photo)_299374

AUSTIN (KXAN) — One thousand grams of methamphetamine — more than two pounds — was found in a vehicle during a traffic stop on Interstate 35 in Austin on June 8.

Hugo Maya-Rodriguez, 29, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intention to distribute, a first degree felony, according to a police affidavit.

Maya-Rodriguez, who was in the passenger seat, was stopped with his wife in the 6800 block of S. I-35 heading southbound. His wife told police she did not have a driver’s license because they were from Mexico.

After the two told police different stories and acted nervously, a K9 searched the vehicle and detected the meth.

The man told police he was paid $800 to drive up to Austin from San Antonio to pick up the bag of meth from someone at an H-E-B. Maya-Rodriguez said he was supposed to return it to someone in San Antonio. He told police this was the first time he had done this and that his wife was not involved. The only reason she drove, he said, was because he had a toothache.

Police seized the meth, representing 5,000 individual doses with a street value of $100,000.

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