Canadian County deputies seize 10 pounds of meth after wreck

Canadian County deputies found 10 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a secret compartment built into a sport utility vehicle that wrecked on Interstate 40.
By Bryan Dean, Staff Writer Published: March 5, 2014
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Canadian County deputies arrested two Mexican citizens after finding 10 pounds of methamphetamine in their vehicle following a traffic accident on Interstate 40, authorities said Wednesday.

Jamie Avila and Humberto Beltran-Flores crashed their 2000 Chevy Tahoe about 5:30 a.m. Sunday into the cable barriers on an icy I-40 at the 125 mile marker, Undersheriff Chris West said.

Deputies were suspicious after talking to the two men and asked a sheriff’s K-9 unit to meet them at the wrecker yard, where the vehicle was towed. The dog alerted to the car, and deputies obtained a search warrant.

They found a hidden compartment in the floor of the vehicle with 10 pounds of methamphetamine inside. Both Avila and Beltran-Flores have criminal records including drug sales and weapons violations. Beltran-Flores was previously deported and was banned from re-entering the country, West said.

Sheriff Randall Edwards said the drugs were headed to Bethany.

“Considering the load was 10 pounds, I’m sure a portion of them would have ended up here in Canadian County,” Edwards said. “I’m extremely proud of my deputies and appreciate their hard work and dedication.”

West said the U.S. attorney’s office has filed charges on both men, who are being held without bail.

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