Deputies find cocaine taped to driver's body

Two people were arrested Monday after a traffic stop in which Fayette County K-9 Lobos alerted his handler, and the handler found cocaine taped to the driver’s body.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office said Sgt. Randy Thumann and Lobos stopped a Chevy Impala along Interstate 10 around 1:40 p.m. April 3 for a traffic violation. After driver Linda Monteil, 41, and passenger Pablo Ruiz, 24, both of Laredo, gave “completely different travel plans and reasons for traveling,” Thumann sought and received consent to search the vehicle for possible illegal narcotics.

Lobos alerted Thumann to the vehicle, but was unable to locate the source once inside, the sheriff’s office said. Fayette County Interdiction Unit Investigator David Smith assisted in the search of the vehicle. After further investigation, Thumann located approximately 5.4 pounds (approximately 2 kilograms) taped to Montiel’s body. The drugs have an estimated street value of $245,000.

Montiel and Ruiz were taken to the Dan R. Beck Justice Center and have been charged with felony drug possession.

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