Douglas County deputies seized 38 packages of crystal meth Sunday. The packages, which had a weight of 65 pounds, had a street value of more than $1 million. Photo courtesy Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

$1 million in crystal meth seized in Douglas County

Douglas County deputies seized 65 pounds of crystal methamphetamine Sunday night and arrested the man they say drove the vehicle in which the drugs were hidden. Officials say the drugs have a street value of more than $1 million.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page, deputies of the department’s Felony Interception Narcotic Detection unit, or F.I.N.D., stopped a 2006 Ford Freestar van for a traffic violation. Upon further investigation and a search of the vehicle, they found inside a false compartment, and inside it, 38 packages of what they believed to be crystal meth.

The van driver, 64-year-old Jose Garcia-Contreras from Eagle Pass, Texas, was then detained by deputies until the packaged substances could be tested at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. The contents of those packages later tested positive for crystal meth.

Authorities placed Garcia-Contreras under arrest on charges of trafficking methamphetamine and having a false compartment in a motor vehicle. He is currently in the Douglas County Jail without bond.

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