Colorado State Patrol Seizes 100 Pounds of Meth Worth $1 Million
Nearly $1 million worth of methamphetamine was seized in Glenwood Springs by a Colorado State Trooper during a traffic stop, according to a Glenwood Springs Post-Independent report.
The suspect, Edgar Esquivel-Tecalco, 33, had no criminal history according to court records.
Colorado State Trooper pulled Esquivel-Tecalco over for making unsafe lane changes, tailgating other vehicles on the road, speeding and using a cellphone.
Esquivel-Tecalco said he was on his way to Denver to get a new car.
After pulling him over the trooper gave Esquivel-Tecalco “a verbal warning for the traffic violations,” according to court documents.
Following the verbal warning the trooper gave Esquivel-Tecalcoa written search consent form.
“After he signed the consent form I again asked him if he understood the form and agreed to it. He said yes,” the trooper wrote.
Investigators then searched the Honda minivan and found 62 bricks (93 pounds worth) of methamphetamine in all four door panels inside the van, according to the affidavit.
Esquivel-Tecalco now faces up to 32 years in prison and a potential $1 million fine.
Prosecutors asked for a $1 million bond for Edgar, which is the street value for the amount of meth he had in the vehicle.
The court date is scheduled for September 18.
All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in the court of law. An arrest is merely an accusation by law enforcement of a crime.