2 suspected of hauling meth on I-70

A pair of California men face a series of felony charges after authorities say they discovered 1 pound of methamphetamine hidden in the trunk of their car.

Luis Lopez-Rodriguez, 35, of Fontana, Calif., and Victor Eduardo Tenorio, 48, of Texas were being held without bond Sunday at Mesa County Jail on suspicion of possession with intent to distribute drugs, and a sentence-enhancer special offender charge, after their arrests during a traffic stop Saturday on Interstate 70.

A Sheriff’s Department deputy pulled over the pair’s car around 7:30 p.m., because the car was moving at a low speed and had a burned-out license plate lamp, according to arrest affidavits.

The deputy wrote that Tenorio was shaking when asked to show driver’s paperwork, and that Tenorio’s story about where the pair were traveling to and from reportedly didn’t match up with an account provided by Lopez-Rodriguez.

Tenorio told the deputy he had been on the road four to five days, but neither man had luggage, the affidavit said.

Tenorio, who had been thedriver, gave consent for the deputy to search the car. A red fire extinguisher, which was empty with white towels stuffed inside, caught the attention of deputies.

Roughly 1 pound of suspected meth was pulled from the bottom of the extinguisher.

Tenorio replied, “I guess,” when he was asked by a deputy if the two men were moving the drugs from California to Colorado, the affidavit alleges.

Tenorio then pointed in the direction of Lopez-Rodriguez.


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