Two Texas men are in the McClain County Detention Center in lieu of $50,000 bond each on charges they were transporting more than $105,000 in drug money.
Charged in McClain County District Court with acquiring proceeds from drug activity are Jose A. Contreras-Puc, 21, and Diego A. Contreras-Puc, 19, both of Odessa.
A preliminary hearing conference for the pair will be at 9 a.m. June 19.
In addition, both are on a hold for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
According to an affidavit, a Norman police officer assigned as an investigator for the District 21 Drug Task Force arrested the men May 30 following a traffic stop on I-44.
Diego Contreras-Puc was driving a GMC truck with Texas tags and was southbound on the interstate. The investigator paced the truck at 76 mph – six miles over the 70 mph speed limit.
Neither man had identification, but Diego Contreras-Puc said the vehicle belonged to a friend.
According to the affidavit, he said they had traveled to Kansas City to visit a relative and were on their way home after spending the night at the relative’s home.
However, Jose Contreras-Puc said they had visited a friend and slept in a parking lot before heading home.
After a drug detector dog alerted to the odor of narcotics in the vehicle, the investigator asked for consent to search the truck.
Although Diego Contreras-Puc didn’t give clear consent, a search was conducted which revealed a hidden aftermarket compartment beneath the center console.
An electronic trunk latch held the trap door shut, according to the affidavit, and without the access code, officers forced the trap door open.
Inside they found two plastic baggies containing $105,280.