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Williamson County deputies seize $1.5M in meth, heroin at traffic stop

The drugs were concealed in steel traps welded to the rims of the vehicle.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas — Williamson County deputies seized 48 kilograms (106 pounds) of meth and heroin after a traffic stop near Jarrell.

The drugs were concealed in steel traps welded to the rims, with around 12 kilograms hidden in each rim, Sheriff Robert Chody said.

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Each trap contained three bundles of drugs, for a total of 24 bundles, police say. Seven of the bundles contained heroin, and another 17 contained methamphetamine.

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Police initially stopped the vehicle for following too close.

Credit: Williamson County Police
Lucia Garcia

Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody said that even if people in Central Texas don't see the movement of drugs, it is still happening and his team is trying to stop it.

"If anybody thinks that narcotics are not coming through the south through Williamson County, they're being naive," Chody said. "This is a great example. We in Williamson County are doing our part to better protect Williamson County."

The driver, 37-year-old Lucia Garcia of Eagle Pass, Texas, was arrested after the drugs were discovered.

"We have seen an increase of some overdoses in Williamson County based on the opioids," Chody said. "This directly impacts our community. That's why we're having this press conference. Plus to show it off a little bit because we're proud of what the deputies did yesterday on I-35."

Police said the street value of the drug haul is estimated at $800,000 of heroin and $710,000 worth of meth.

The drugs were likely headed to Dallas, Chody said.