CANADIAN COUNTY, Okla.-- Investigators in Canadian County said more than half a million dollars in crystal meth they believe came from a Mexican drug cartel were traveling through Oklahoma.
Interstate 40 is a major artery for travel across the country and, according to the Canadian County Sheriff's Department, drug dealers wheelers.
"These guys aren't ever truthful with us," Canadian County Sheriff Randall Edwards said.
Deputies pulled over a white Chevy Malibu, and a drug dog immediately alerted them to something hidden behind the back bumper.
"The drugs were inside the bumper," Edwards said. "It was kind of an after market bumper, and the drugs were inside the bumper."
27 year old Cesar Santana Gomez told investigators he picked up the drugs in Phoenix, Ariz. and was taking them to Minnesota to sell.
"In this case he was pretty vague," Edwards said. "He just said he owed the drug cartel some money on gambling debt. He made three trips, and this was his fourth."
Lawmen believe the drugs came from a drug cartel in Mexico.
They say drugs are usually packaged with pepper or coffee so drug dogs will not pick up the scent.
"They were wrapped a little bit differently than what they normally are," Edwards said. "They were wrapped in cellophane, encoated in chocolate then wrapped in plastic again."
Gomez was booked into the Canadian County jail and faces federal charges.