OLDHAM COUNTY, TX (KFDA) - A former Mexican police officer is now on the other side of the law after federal officials filed a court complaint accusing him of plotting to distribute cocaine.
According to the complaint, a Texas DPS trooper was patrolling Saturday on I-40 in Oldham County when he was nearly rear ended by a Ford Explorer.
The trooper pulled over the vehicle and identified the driver as Assmir Contreras-Martinez of Tuscon, Ariz.
Upon searching Contreras-Martinez’s vehicle, the trooper said he found three compartments, each loaded with bundles of suspected cocaine.
In total, the trooper uncovered 33 such bundles, which field tested positive for cocaine.
Officials from the DEA and the Randall County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene to assist the DPS trooper.
When interviewed, the complaint said Contreras-Martinez admitted to knowingly carrying illegal contraband, saying he was paid $6000 to take drugs from California to Florida.
The court documents said the suspect told officials he was transporting the drugs due to having little money after entering the U.S. illegally around seven months ago.
He was formerly employed as a police officer in Cananea, Senora, Mexico.
According to judicial records, Contreras-Martinez is currently being held in the Randall County Jail pending trial.