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It started off as a routine traffic stop, but little was routine about the 4.5 pounds of methamphetamine that Montgomery County authorities hauled in today along with a Houston man driving the vehicle.

Montgomery County Precinct 4 deputies pulled over the 2005 Nissan Frontier pickup about noon near the intersection of I-45 and FM 1097. The driver, Jesus Alberto Najera, immediately exiting the vehicle “in an excited manner and telling deputies he did not have a driver’s license,” the report states.

Najera, who paced back and forth nervously and “appeared unable to be still,” told officers that he was in the country illegally and was acting nervous because he did not want to be deported. He repeatedly claimed that he had nothing illegal in the vehicle and offered to allow deputies to search the truck without being asked, according to the report.

As deputies approached the pickup, Najera informed them there was gun inside. Officers found a loaded 9 mm Beretta handgun in the center console.

When officers asked Najera about the contents of a cardboard box on the back seat, he said it contained clothing that he was taking to his baby’s mother in Dallas, investigators said. But he would not give consent to search the box.

A K-9 unit was called to the scene and a dog gave a positive hit on the box. Inside were two gallon-size plastic bags containing a crystal-like substance that later field tested for meth. The street value is more than $200,000, officers said.

Najera, 23, was charged with aggravated possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and unlawful carrying of a weapon, a misdemeanor. He was transported and booked into the Montgomery County Jail in Conroe.

“Regardless of where the meth was headed, we’re glad we were able to stop it,” Pct. 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden said a prepared statement. “It may not have wound up in East Montgomery County, but it was going to somebody’s neighborhood, where somebody’s children live, and now it’s not going to get there,” he said.

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