A bail reduction hearing for a 20-year-old drug trafficking defendant will be at 3 p.m. today (Thursday) in McClain County District Court.

Luis Diaz of Fort Hancock, Texas, is being held in the McClain County Detention Center in lieu of a $50,000 bond.

He was charged May 14 in McClain County District Court with trafficking in illegal drugs.

According to an affidavit, Diaz was arrested during a May 7 traffic stop by an investigator with the District Attorney’s Drug Task Force.

Diaz was driving a black BMW and was northbound on I-35 near mile marker 90.

The speed limit through a one-lane construction zone was posted at 60 mph. However, the investigator paced the BMW traveling at 73 mph through the construction zone.

When stopped for the speeding violation, Diaz told the investigator he was on his way to Wichita to work as an electrician’s apprentice.

He also gave consent for the vehicle to be searched.

The investigator used a hand-held xray to scan the interior of the vehicle and located packages of suspected narcotics in hidden compartments inside the rear seats, according to the affidavit.

A drill was used to withdraw a white powder from the packages. The powder field tested positive for cocaine.

Authorities later removed three kilo-size packages in each seat back.

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