El Paso Man Arrested On Drug Charges

Deming – New Mexico authorities say a Texas man is in custody after 18 pounds of cocaine was found in the car he was driving.

The New Mexico Department of Public Safety were patrolling Interstate 10 just outside Deming on Thursday when an officers saw a vehicle commit a traffic infraction and pulled the cart over.

DPS says a search of the vehicle led to the discovery of several tightly packed bundles determined to be cocaine destined for the East Coast. The cocaine had an estimated value of $330,000.

Authorities say 30-year-old David Alvarez, of El Paso, was turned over to federal authorities for prosecution.

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