Man arrested after meth found during I-35 traffic stop ordered held

Ten bundles of methamphetamine were recovered after the traffic stop. (Waco Police Dept. photo)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A 22-year-old man who was arrested after officers discovered bundles of methamphetamine hidden in the door panels of a vehicle following a traffic stop on Interstate 35 in Waco was ordered to remain in custody Monday.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey C. Manske ordered Arturo Flotasanchez held without bond and arraigned him on charges that included possession or intent to import narcotics and for benefiting from the profits of the sale of illegal narcotics, the court’s register says.

Flotasanchez, whom Waco police identified as Arturo Sanchez, was arrested after Waco K-9 officers discovered 12 pounds of methamphetamine hidden behind the door panels of the Jeep officers pulled over at around 10 p.m. on April 27 on Interstate 35 near the Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard exit.

The 10 bundles of methamphetamine, which were wrapped in tape in foil, have a street value of about $77,000, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

A deputy U.S. marshal took Flotasanchez into custody last Friday on a warrant issued out of Manske’s court.

The complaint upon which the arrest warrant was based says Waco police narcotics officers began an investigation into “individuals who derive substantial income from the illegal importation, manufacture, distribution, and sale of illegal controlled substances.”

According to the complaint the investigator was able to develop confidential information that a load of methamphetamine was to be brought to Waco from San Antonio.

Waco police set up surveillance along Interstate 35 looking for green Jeep Liberty with a man driving.

Waco police stopped the suspect Jeep for a traffic violation at I-35 and MLK Boulevard.

The driver at first concealed his identity, the complaint says, but later was identified as Flotasanchez.

While searching the Jeep the officer noticed all of the fasteners on the door panels had been removed.

A police K-9 searched the Jeep and provided officers positive signs for the presence of narcotics, the complaint says.

Officers arrested Flotasanchez and recovered a significant amount of methamphetamine from inside the vehicle’s door panels.