WILMINGTON — Two men are held on $1 million bonds after being charged with allegedly hiding two pounds of methamphetamines in a truck, a first-degree felony, according to court documents.
According to a court affidavit, Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Kyle Doebrich stopped a speeding truck driven on I-71 by Jesus Oroz-Bustillos, 23, and containing Alberto Varela, 25, both of whom presented Mexican IDs.
Doebrich’s affidavit alleges both were “overly nervous” and Oroz-Bustillos’ hand shook. K9 Officer Ryo alerted to the vehicle and a subsequent search of the vehicle alleged revealed what is suspected to be two pounds of meth in a bag under the seat.
Each pound of meth was allegedly in a plastic bag inside a cardboard box; one was wrapped in black electrical tape. Also found were three cell phones, police say.
Oroz-Bustillos and Varela are each charged with first-degree felony charges of aggravated trafficking in drugs. Varela’s court paperwork included a handwritten note for a Spanish interpreter. Both will retain private counsel.
The incident occurred Jan. 13, according to court documents.
Clinton County Municipal Judge Mike Daugherty ordered each held on a $1 million bond.
Municipal courts don’t hear felony cases, but can begin the case and then transfer it to a court of common pleas, such as the Clinton County Court of Common Pleas.
A photo of Varela was not available.
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