Second drug bust in two weeks in Fayette Co.

Another big drug bust in Fayette County, that makes two in the last two weeks.

This one took about 30 pounds of cocaine off the streets.

It was along I-10 Wednesday morning when a man was pulled over for a traffic violation.

It's what was found under the trucks backseat that landed him in jail.

Many drug traffickers travel from Mexico to Houston.

Authorities say, they don't always make it without getting caught.

"I removed the carpet and of course, this was all screwed down but this was the access door to the trap," says Deputy Randy Thumann, Fayette County Sheriff's Office.

It was on I-10 in Fayette County that the driver of a blue Dodge truck, 47-year-old Lucas Paz Torres, was stopped for a traffic violation Wednesday morning.

After Fayette County Deputy Randy Thumann made contact with him, he knew something wasn't right.

"He became more nervous about the questions I was asking; where he's coming from, where he's going, the reason for his traveling. I mean, he told me he was coming from Mexico and headed to Houston to look for a tractor part, which seemed a little odd to me," says Thumann.

Thumann was given permission to search the truck, that's when other red flags popped up.

"The tooling on these bolts, you see how they are all fresh right here? You can tell the seat's been in and out a lot," says Thumann.

His K9 "Lobos" helped with an exterior sweep.

Then he alerted to the rear door.

"I had to remove the carpet and some other stuff to actually see what the dog was smelling. I found a false compartment in the floor, so it was hard to actually get to the cocaine at that spot. I had to take the vehicle to a shop," says Thumann.

About 11 kilos of cocaine was confiscated, which is about 30 pounds.

The street value is approximately $1.3 million.

Torres was arrrested for an aggravated first-degree felony for the amount of cocaine he was carrying.

He was taken to the Fayette County Jail.

"The first thing I saw was this lead and that's an imidiate indicator that it's not from the factory. What it is, the lead is to deter the X-ray machine at the border," says Thumann.

Just two weeks ago, Deputy Thumann faced a similar situation.

He arrested two men driving along I-10 after a kilo of cocaine and 28 pounds of crystal was found in the back seat.

The Fayette County Sheriff's Office says they're proud.

"We've been lucky. It's been a successful program here at the sheriff's office and we hope to continue on with it," says Lt. David Beyer, Fayette County Sheriff's Office.

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