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MISSION — Authorities say the nervous appearance of a 19-year-old in Mission led them to more than $1 million worth of meth hidden within the car he drove on Tuesday, according to court documents.

Otoniel Alejandro Lemus is charged with possession with the intent to distribute about 38 kilograms, or more than 80 pounds, of meth, the documents state.

After a traffic stop by a Mission police officer, who noticed Lemus was nervous because of “his hands visibly shaking and having protruding veins,” the car he drove was taken to the Anzalduas Port of Enry to be x-rayed.

Once there, officers found 30 bricks of a white crystal-like substance in a man-made electronic compartment in the roof of the 2001 Mitsubishi Montero. The substance tested field-positive for crystal meth, the court documents state.

According to the records, Lemus told authorities that he was delivering the car, filled with what he thought was cocaine, to an unknown woman at the Walgreens in Mission. He said the woman would drive the car to Dallas and, unbeknownst to her, he would follow in his own car to make sure she didn’t steal the drugs or to see if she was stopped by police.

Lemus said he would be paid $500 for his part and was given $500 for expenses ahead of time, the documents state. The woman received $200 for expenses and was set to be paid $3,000 for driving to Dallas, according to the records.




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