Potter County officials find $200,000 worth of heroin hidden in punching bags during traffic stop, 2 arrested

Potter County officials find $200,000 worth of heroin hidden in punching bags during traffic stop, 2 arrested

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Two men were arrested in Potter County on Friday after deputies found $200,000 worth of heroin hidden inside punching bags inside their Jeep during a traffic stop.

On Friday, May 9, two Potter County deputies stopped a Jeep on I-40 for cutting their patrol car off after passing.

The deputies identified Raul Ivan Bustos Nunez as the driver and Ricardo Moreno Tosqui as the passenger of the Jeep.

Deputies said there were inconsistencies in their travel plans and also smelled burnt marijuana coming from the Jeep.

The two deputies found probable cause to search the Jeep and found the marijuana Bostos and Tosqui had been smoking. Deputies also found two punching bags, each filled with four-pound vacuum sealed freezer bags containing two hard brick shaped bundles.

Both Bustos and Tosqui were taken into custody.

Officials tested the bundles which showed a positive indicator for the presence of heroin, worth about $200,000

DEA Task Force officials questioned Bustos who later admitted that he was getting paid $500 to make the trip to Oklahoma City but didn’t know what they were getting paid to transport. He also admitted that this was his first trip transporting drugs.

Tosqui was also questioned and admitted that this was his and Bustos third time getting paid to make a trip. He told deputies that he was not stupid and knew they were taking something.

Tosqui went on to say that they were making the trip for Rojelio Alvarez who helped the two rent the Jeep and gave them the punching bags filled with drugs.

Officials deemed the confession enough to prove that Bustos and Tosqui both knowingly and intentionally possessed the drugs with intent to distribute.

The two were arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute 1 kilogram or more of heroin.

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