Texas stop of Calif. driver leads to more than $1M heroin bust

Photo credit: San Diego/Imperial County CBP

Packages of heroin and methamphetamine found in a non-factory compartment within the undercarriage of a Mazda are shown. In a separate case, a Texas trooper found bundles with more than 6 pounds of heroin in the passenger side rocker panel of a California man's vehicle.

A traffic stop on Interstate 40 in the Texas Panhandle has led to the seizure of more than $1 million in heroin and the arrest of a driver from California.

The Texas Department of Public Safety late Monday announced the drug bust and said the heroin allegedly was being hauled from Los Angeles to Tulsa, Okla.

DPS says 27-year-old Roberto Carrillo Beltran of Brawley, Calif., was taken into custody during Saturday's stop near Conway, about 25 miles east of Amarillo. A Texas trooper found bundles with more than 6 pounds of heroin in the passenger side rocker panel of the vehicle.

Beltran was booked into the Carson County jail on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. A jail official Tuesday didn't immediately update Beltran's custody status.

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