Two Arrested After Packages of Cocaine, Marijuana Found in Cars
POSTED: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 4:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 4:43pm
EL PASO— A woman was arrested after being caught with 37 packages of cocaine after she was stopped for a traffic violation.
Magdalena Andrade, 29, was stopped for a traffic violation at N. Carolina and Yarbrough at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Further investigation by the Investigators of the West Texas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, also known as HIDTA, Stash House Unit recovered 37 individually packaged bundles of cocaine, all weighing a total of 279.3 grams.
Andrade was arrested and charged with manufacture and or deliver of a controlled substance-cocaine over 200 grams. Andrade was booked into the El Paso County Jail on a bond of $100,000.
In a separate incident, HIDTA found 62 bundles of wrapped marijuana on Monday while conducting an ongoing investigation.
Salvador Montoya, 29, was stopped for a traffic violation as he drove a 2000 Honda Civic at I-10 west at 3:58 p.m. Further investigation revealed that Montoya was in possession of 62 bundles of marijuana, totalling a weight of 67.25 pounds.
Montoya was charged with possession of marijuana over 50 pounds and booked into the El Paso County Jail on a bond of $40,000.
The investigations are still continuing.
The West Texas HIDTA Stash House unit would like to remind the public of possible indicators
1) Unkept Yards
2) Little or no any furniture
3)Occupants keep to themselves (not visible on a daily basis)
4)Occupants will not hold a normal pattern of lifestyle
5)Different vehicles (especially vans and pickup trucks) entering and exiting the garage
6)Vehicles arriving at the stash house will have different out of state plates (Texas, New Mexico, Mexico, and paper “buyer” or “dealer”)
7)Sudden activity in the home after days or weeks of not seeing anyone at the home
8)Accumulation of advertisements on the front door
9)Occupants do not usually put their trash out for regular collection, but instead prefer to dump it at another location themselves.
These again are some of the typical indicators of a stash house, and these indicators alone do not necessarily mean that the occupants of the home are running a stash house. As a general rule if residents believe there is suspicious activity in a home in their area they should call the West Texas Stash House Unit at 629-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 566-8477(TIPS).