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Admitted drug cartel traffickers were apprehended in McLennan County

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ByDavid Brown

Aug 9, 2023
Cartel traffickers caught in McLennan County
David Brown

On Thursday about 2:45 p.m. a Department of Public Safety officer pulled down a 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer for following too closely and failed to signal a lane change on northbound Interstate 35.

The trooper stated in his arrest affidavit that the driver’s interrogation revealed multiple signs of dishonesty and irregular travel plans. “The travel schedules that the driver provided conflicted with the schedules that the passenger provided.” 

The affidavit claims that when the passenger gave their trip plan, “the passenger exhibited numerous indicators of deception and heightened levels of anxiety.”

The Investigation

According to the arrest records, a drug-detecting dog was sent to the site and alerted “to the smell of narcotics.”  A 40-caliber revolver was discovered next to the driver’s seat, and three garbage bags holding 300 jars with around 40 pounds of the sedative alprazolam were discovered in the trunk, concealed inside a subwoofer speaker box.

Additionally, police discovered a baby backpack containing diapers and baby equipment lying against the youngster in the rear seat. Officers discovered three bundles of a white powder under the diapers that tested positive for around 2.3 pounds of the analgesic tramadol, which they believe was combined with fentanyl powder.

The Discovery

Approximately 305 grams of the sedative promethazine with codeine, four injections of the hormone treatment medicine medroxyprogesterone, or approximately 60 grams, and about 156 grams of the erectile dysfunction medication sildenafil were also discovered by DPS investigators, according to the affidavit.

Armando Daniel Lopez, 23, and Estrellita Lopez, 20, both of Mercedes, Texas, were detained by the police. Both were still in custody as of Friday night, each on bonds totalling $335,000 and $330,000. Two counts of delivering hazardous drugs, three counts of delivering controlled substances, one offense of carrying a firearm without a license, and one case of endangering a child were brought against Daniel Lopez.

The affidavit states that Armando Lopez admitted to troopers that he received $3,000 in exchange for traveling to Mexico to pick up the cocaine. In order to get the narcotics to Dallas, he claimed to have driven back through a port of entry and many U.S. Customs Border Patrol inspections. According to the affidavit, he acknowledged importing cocaine into the United States on behalf of a Mexican drug gang.

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David Brown

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