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Georgia deputies find $1 million of meth in drug mule's van during traffic stop

Daily News, November 15, 2014

A Texas drug mule may have gotten away with carrying $1 million of meth through Georgia ― if only his tag light worked.

Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies said they found 65 pounds of crystal meth inside a Ford minivan when they pulled it over because it had a burnt out tag light.

The driver, Jose Garcia-Contreras, was arrested and charged with drug trafficking.

The 64-year-old from Eagle Pass, Texas, is being held without bond in Georgia.

Officers said they made the routine traffic stop Sunday along Interstate 20 in Douglas County. As they approached the car, they smelled fresh paint and putty, Lt. John Jewell told WSB-TV.

Garcia-Contreras said the car hadn’t undergone any recent body work.

But when the officers brought in a drug-sniffing dog, the pooch sniffed out meth in a recently sealed secret compartment in the van.

Investigators believe Garcia-Contreras was smuggling the meth from Mexico into Atlanta, where it would be distributed.