Traffic stop leads to $260 million fentanyl seizure in Fayette County

Rio Grande Valley man arrested on felony drug possession charge

Fayette County Deputy, Sgt. Randy Thumann, and K9 partner Kolt, are shown with 13 kilograms of fentanyl they confiscated during a traffic stop. Courtesy: Fayette County Sheriff's Office (Copyright 2022 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

LA GRANGE, Texas – A traffic violation in Fayette County on Tuesday led to the seizure of 13 kilograms of fentanyl.

According to Fayette County Sheriff Keith Korenek, a deputy stopped a Chevy Silverado around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday on Interstate 10 at the 661 mile-marker for a traffic violation.

The deputy observed indicators of deceptive behavior and became suspicious that the occupant was transporting drugs, Korenek said in a news release.

The driver gave consent to search the vehicle, and that’s when the deputy and a K-9 located 12 bricks of raw fentanyl in the rear seat and in a speaker box behind the seat, Korenek said.

According to the sheriff, the seizure measured about 13 kilograms of fentanyl, which could be used to manufacture 13 million pills with a street value of approximately $260 million.

The driver, 30-year-old Severo Rodriguez, of San Juan, was arrested on a charge of felony drug possession and was taken to the Dan R. Beck Justice Center.

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