Fayette County Sgt. Randy Thumann and his K9 partner Lobos discovered more than 50 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop Friday.
The Fayette County Sheriff's Office said that Thumann and Lobos encountered a Chevy Cruze around 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1, at the rest area near mile marker 658 on IH-10. The driver, identified as Jose Reyna, 35, of Laredo, was traveling with a woman and two small children, ages 1-year-old and 4-years-old.
After speaking with Reyna and the woman, Thumann became suspicious that they were involved in drug trafficking. After getting consent, Thumann and Lobos searched the vehicle. They found two after-market compartments constructed specifically for concealing drugs.
Thumann and Lobos discovered seven bundles of methamphetamine weighing more than 50 pounds with an estimated street value of $2.3 milion.
Reyna was arrested and transported to the Dan R. Beck Justice Center and charged with felony drug possession.
The mother and two children were released.
In 2016 alone, Thumann and Lobos seized 224.27 pounds of methamphetamine, worth an estimated $10,172,997.20, in Fayette County.