ABOVE: ICSO deputies seized nearly 5,000 grams of crystal meth during traffic stop.
Byron David Aguirre
ICSO deputies seize nearly $2M worth of crystal meth after traffic stop
FROM STAFF REPORTS
A Texas man was jailed in lieu of a $1 million bond after Iredell County Sheriff's Office deputies seized nearly 5,000 grams of crystal methamphetamine from a vehicle during a traffic stop on Monday.
Sheriff Darren Campbell announced the arrest of Byron David Aguirre, 22, of Pasadena, Texas, and the drug seizure on Thursday.
The drugs, officially 4,983 grams of meth, have a street value of more than $1.9 million, according to the N.C. Revenue Service, according to an ICSO news release.
Deputies assined to the ICSO Interstate Criminal Enforcement (ICE) Team conducted a traffic stop on a westbound Nissan Pickup truck for a traffic violation on Interstate 40 at Mile Marker 144, Campbell said in the news release.
While conducting the traffic stop, the deputies came in contact with Aguirre. As the interaction continued with Aguirre, an ICSO narcotic-sniffing canine was called to perform a free-air sniff of the vehicle. A positive indication was given by the canine and a search of the vehicle was conducted, Campbell said.
After deputies located the methamphetamine, Aguirre was arrested and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center, where he was charged with one count of felony trafficking methamphetamine by transport and one count of felony trafficking methamphetamine by possession.
The sheriff said the arrest and drug seizure would prevent drug-related casualties.
“When you have drug seizures like this, we are saving lives and protecting our children and communities," Campbell said.
Since November of 2017 the ICSO has seized 51 pounds of methamphetamine with a total tax value of $9,253,200.