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DPS seizes 217 pounds of meth near Gila Bend

  • Drugs seized on Friday after a traffic stop include the largest seizure in recent history of methampetamine.
    Department of Public SafetyDrugs seized on Friday after a traffic stop include the largest seizure in recent history of methampetamine.
  • The truck where authorities said they found the drugs.
    Department of Public SafetyThe truck where authorities said they found the drugs.

In what the Department of Public Safety said is the largest seizure in recent history, officers found 217 pounds of methamphetamine following a traffic stop near Gila Bend on Friday.

After stopping a pickup on S.R. 85, a DPS officer became suspicious and called in a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer with a drug-sniffing dog, the department said.

The officers discovered 217 pounds of meth with a street value of $3,854,000 and four pounds of heroin, the department said in a news release. The driver, 33-yaer-old Miguel Bustamante, and the passenger, 21-yaer-old Emmanuel Roque, both of San Luis, were arrested and booked on narcotics charges.

"It’s important to note the significance of this seizure. Typically in a calendar year DPS will seize less than 200 pounds of methamphetamine," said DPS Director Robert Halliday, citing the importance of cooperation between state and federal law enforcment.

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