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Deputy stops pickup on I-85, seizes $375,000 in meth during search inside truck

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A Troup County Sheriff’s Deputy seized 28 pounds of methamphetamine after a pickup truck driven by an illegal immigrant was stopped with an obstructed tag Thursday on Interstate 85 in LaGrange, authorities said.

David Chavez-Ortiz, of Wetumpka, Ala., also was charged with following too closely when he was stopped at 7:45 a.m. near mile marker 13, Sgt. Stewart Smith said in a release. Along with the two traffic charges, Chavez-Ortiz also was charged with driving without a license and trafficking in meth. He is held without bond in the Troup County Jail.

Smith said the drug had a value of $375,000. “It was a good amount to get off the street for sure,“ he said.

A deputy was traveling northbound when he observed a 2002 GMC Sierra pickup with an obstructed tag and was following too closely. After stopping the vehicle, the deputy learned that the driver was an illegal immigrant operating the vehicle without a license.

The deputy directed his patrol K-9 to sniff outside the vehicle and it alerted to the presence of narcotic odor coming from the pickup. The meth was located in the passenger compartment of the truck during a search.

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