Cocaine found in child safety seats
By By Dianna Wray - DWRAY@VICAD.COM
Jan. 30, 2012 at 7:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 29, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Two McAllen men were arrested after more than 20 pounds of cocaine were found hidden in two child car seats in the back seat of the vehicle.
A 2007 Chevrolet passenger car was traveling north on U.S. Highway 59 near Port Lavaca Highway when Department of Public Safety troopers pulled over the vehicle on suspicion of traffic violations at 5:40 p.m. Saturday.
Troopers observed signs of criminal activity when interviewing the driver, Arturo Ortiz, 28, of McAllen, DPS spokesman Trooper Gerald Bryant said. They were given verbal permission to search the vehicle.
Two children were seated in child safety car seats, where troopers found the drugs.
The children also were not wearing their seatbelts, according to the DPS arrest report.
Ten bundles of cocaine were found, weighing 23.2 pounds. The drugs carried a street-value of $649,175, he added.
Ortiz was arrested by troopers on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance.
Passenger Christopher Cortez, 29, was arrested on a warrant charging him with contempt of court in Hidalgo County for failure to pay child support, according to the arrest report.
The children in the vehicle were released to family members, according to the report.