State Troopers seize 5 pounds of Meth on Interstate 29

On January 28, 2007, a member of Troop H stopped a southbound 1998 Dodge Caravan on Interstate 29 just north of St. Joseph in Andrew County for driving 92 miles per hour. After speaking to the driver, the trooper became suspicious of his behavior and asked to search the vehicle. He consented to the search and troopers found 2 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the left rear quarter panel of the vehicle and a small amount of cocaine on his person.

An additional 3 pounds of the drug was located in a false compartment in the vehicle's firewall during a second search that was conducted at Troop H. The second compartment was located after "Cijo", the Troop H canine made a positive response to the vehicle's firewall area.

The driver was identified as Eligio Tamayo, age 22 of Omaha, NE. Mr. Tamayo is charged with drug trafficking in the first degree (felony), possession of cocaine (felony), violation of United States immigration laws, speeding and no seat belt. He is currently being held in the Andrew County Jail.

Source: Missouri State Highway Patrol

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