12 pounds of cocaine seized during Wichita County traffic stop

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Two men are behind bars after Wichita County deputies seized 12 pounds of cocaine hidden inside the doors of a pickup during a traffic stop on Good Friday.

Tomas Rene Ramirez, of El Paso, and Jesus Javier Rodriguez-Aguirre, of Odessa, have been charged with the first-degree felony offense of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, weighing more than 400 grams.

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According to the arrest affidavit, the traffic stop occurred just before 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 29, 2024, on U.S. 82 and Crown Lane, just outside Wichita Falls.

A deputy with the Wichita County Sheriff's Office said he was on patrol when he observed a silver Dodge truck speeding at 60 miles per hour in a 50-mile-per-hour zone and driving in the middle of both lanes on U.S. 82.

The deputy identified the driver of the pickup as Rodriguez-Aguirre and the passenger as Tomas Ramirez. He said Rodriguez-Aguirre was unable to provide him with valid vehicle insurance or a valid driver's license.

According to the affidavit, the deputy said he observed Rodriguez-Aguirre displaying an over-reaction of nervousness and suspected criminal activity. The deputy said he asked for consent to search the vehicle and Rodriguez-Aguirre granted it.

Authorities said the deputy noticed all four doors of the vehicle were tampered with. The deputy said that the doors were missing screws, some of the intact screws were stripped, and that an impact drill and socket kit was in the cab of the vehicle.

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According to the affidavit, the deputy removed the paneling of the rear driver's side door and discovered yellow taped bundles in kilo shapes lodged at the bottom of the door consistent with the smuggling of narcotics.

The deputy said a total of 12 pounds of a white powdery substance that field tested positive for cocaine was removed from both rear doors of the vehicle.

Both Ramirez and Rodriguez-Aguirre were booked into the Wichita County Jail on Friday, March 29, 2024, and have bonds set at $200,000. In addition, Rodriguez-Aguirre is being held on a detainer from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

This is a developing story. Stick with Texoma's Homepage for updates as more information becomes available. All individuals charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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