CONWAY, TEXAS – Leira Cota, 18, from Phoenix, Arizona, was arrested during a traffic stop on Interstate 40 east of Amarillo for the alleged possession of 36 pounds of methamphetamine. Texas Department of Public Safety troopers made a traffic stop for an undisclosed reason. During the stop, troopers became suspicious and a subsequent search of the vehicle allegedly revealed the meth valued at $1.3 million.
Local news media incorrectly reported the arrest as being an Oklahoma City man. An inquiry by Breitbart Texas with the Carson County Sheriff’s Office revealed that not to be correct. Breitbart Texas learned from an official in the sheriff’s office that Cota is a U.S. citizen who was born in California and currently lives in Phoenix. The official disclosed that Cota has been released from custody on a $40,000 bond by J&L Bail Bond Company in Panhandle, Texas.
Cota was traveling eastbound to Oklahoma City. Police revealed the methamphetamine was being transported from Nogales, AZ to Oklahoma City. The drugs were found in bundles that were hidden in the seat according to a report by News 9 in Oklahoma.
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