Authorites Make Record Drug Bust

Sunday, April 29th 2007, 10:10 pm
By: News On 6

DURANT, Okla. (AP) -- Bryan County authorities are touting the seizure of five pounds of crystal methamphetamine during a traffic stop as the largest meth bust in the county's history.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Vern Roland stopped a vehicle on U.S. Highway 75 on Friday morning after he says the vehicle crossed a traffic line several times.

In the patrol's report, Roland noted that the vehicle's driver, 27-year-old Jose Ramon Perez, and passenger, 25-year-old Santiago Benitez, made inconsistent statements, and Roland got permission to search the vehicle.

Using a drug-sniffing dog, Roland found four bundles of crystal meth wrapped in duct tape under the hood. Authorities say the street value of the drug would be about

Perez and Benitez are both from Houston and are being held on a $1 million bond on drug trafficking charges.