PORTLAND, Ore. – Police in Oregon say a drug sniffing dog led them to 31lbs of methamphetamine packed in a suitcase in a car that officers stopped on Interstate 84.
The estimated street value of the meth is $1.5 million.
Officers stopped the car last Friday. After obtaining a search warrant, officers found the drugs and all three denied owning the suitcase.
Our news partner KGW says police arrested Nestor Catarino Zazueta-Valenzuela, 26, in connection with the drugs. The other two people in the vehicle were released without charges.
According to court documents obtained by KGW Monday, Zazueta-Valenzuela claims he was paid $1,000 to transport the bag to Tacoma, WA. Zazueta-Valenzuela says he said he didn’t know what was inside.
Zazueta-Valenzuela’s bail has been set to $250,000 after being considered a flight risk because he’s from Mexico.