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January 28, 2013
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Routine traffic stop leads to large drug bust

Garfield County Sheriff's officers recovered a little less than five pounds of suspected methamphetamine after a Saturday traffic stop.

A Garfield County Sheriff's Office corporal observed a vehicle weaving and adjusting speeds erratically at approximately 8:30 a.m. while driving eastbound on Interstate 70. The corporal initiated a traffic stop. After further investigation, deputies learned that the driver was from out of state, and that his driving status was revoked.

Because his driving status was revoked and he was unable to provide proof of insurance, the decision was made to impound the vehicle. As deputies were taking inventory of the automobile, they discovered approximately 2,185 grams (about 4.8 pounds) of suspected methamphetamine. The total amount of drugs seized from the vehicle is estimated at a street value of $218,500.

Driver Pablo Rene Avalos and passengers Ruben Dario Gonzalez and Alexis Abigail (aka Alexis Montoya-Cazares) were placed under arrest and transported to the Garfield County Jail.

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The Post Independent Updated Jan 28, 2013 01:45AM Published Jan 28, 2013 01:43AM Copyright 2013 The Post Independent. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.