Texas police allegedly find $4.8 million worth of drugs hidden inside man’s tires
By Fernando Ramirez
Updated 1:20 pm CDT, Monday, July 16, 2018
Austin police revealed the haul from a major drug bust last week that found $4.8 million worth of illegal drugs.
The Austin Police Department said they caught Armando Martinez, 43, smuggling 138 pounds of illegal narcotics inside the metal casings of his car tires. Authorities estimated the value of the drugs to be $4.8 million.
Police said they stopped Martinez last Tuesday because he was speeding and his car did not have a front license plate. During the traffic stop, a drug-sniffing dog gave a positive alert on the vehicle, leading to the discovery of the narcotics, police said.
Austin police said the tires had been modified with moon-shaped steel casings that were welded on. All four tires had illegal drugs, police said.