Idaho State Police Make Huge Drug Bust

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Updated: 3/11/2013 7:09 pm

        Two people were booked into the Bonneville County Jail after a huge drug bust in the early hours of March 9th.

They found the drugs in a U-Haul trailer.

“On March 9th, 2013 at around 2:07 a.m. the Idaho State Police conducted a traffic stop on U.S. 20, at milepost 311, near Idaho Falls, a U-Haul truck that was failing to maintain its line of travel” said Captain Danny Bunderson.

The driver was identified as 29 year-old Sergio Javier Varela-Vallecillo of Honduras, his passenger was 28 year-old Felicia Inez Varela of Texas.

During the stop there were discrepancies with the rental agreement and both occupants denied ownership of most of the property in the U-Haul.

“The K-9 from Bonneville County was dispatched to the traffic stop, K-9 alerted on the U-Haul and during the search approximately 52 pounds of methamphetamine and 27 pounds of cocaine were located” continued Bunderson.

Later the jail staff alerted the Idaho State police that Felicia Inez Varela had an additional 5 grams of methamphetamine on her.

“With regards to the seizure of methamphetamine and cocaine, this is the most significant seizure in my 36 year career that I’ve witnessed or been involved in” said Bunderson.

The load of drugs started in California and were supposed to be going somewhere in the Midwest.

“This load was destined to somewhere in the United States, and who knows how many lives that we may have thwarted by taking off this load, so it wouldn’t make it to that community, it wouldn’t make it to the streets, it wouldn’t make it to the dealer, it wouldn’t make it to those people who are so dependent on this drug” continued Bunderson.

The K-9 who performed the search is named Ringo.

The Varela’s face charges of felony drug trafficking methamphetamine and cocaine.



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