10 pounds of suspected meth found on van

Local law enforcement made another large-quantity drug bust along Interstate 70 on Saturday, finding about 10 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a vehicle allegedly being driven from California to Colorado Springs.

Drug Enforcement Administration agents in Colorado Springs contacted local authorities Saturday and indicated that they believed a van driven by 39-year-old Salvador Arteaga-Abrego contained a large amount of meth.

When the suspected vehicle crossed into Colorado from Utah along I-70, agents with the Western Colorado Drug Task Force, the Mesa County Street Crimes Unit and a Fruita K-9 unit observed the vehicle.

A traffic stop was initiated, according to a report, and after a drug-sniffing dog alerted police to suspicious substances on the van, police took the van to the county shop to do a thorough search.

Police soon discovered two hidden compartments in each of the van’s front wheel wells, and inside they allegedly found about 10 pounds of meth.

Both Arteaga-Abrego and a passenger in the van, 35-year-old Maria Munoz-Villa, were taken into custody.

According to an affidavit, both admitted to knowing the methamphetamine was in the vehicle.


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