On July 11, police say they found 16 pounds of methamphetamine in a car in Fort Morgan, Colorado. The discovery was reportedly made after one of the alleged traffickers called 911 while high on drugs.
The bust, which investigators said amounted to more than $700,000 worth of crystal meth, is the biggest Fort Morgan police can recall, 7 News Denver reported.
The accused trafficker made the 911 call to report that he was in a Wal-Mart parking lot, where there was a “female person in his car who would not get out of the vehicle,” according to police. The man who has been identified as 28-year-old Jonathan Potzler, told the dispatcher he believed he was in Arizona, according to 7 News Denver.
Police responded to the scene and found a 21-year-old woman, claiming to be Potzler’s cousin. Arrest documents state that Potzler and the woman identified as Jazmin Elguezabal, quickly confessed to be carrying drugs.
Officers found the meth packed in luggage in the pair’s rented 2015 Nissan Versa, according to The Denver Post.
“The drugs were in large cylindrical packages about 8 to 12 inches long, wrapped in foil and covered with grease that appeared to be spray foam insulation,” police said.
According to police, grease and other agents were used on the packages to make them harder for drug-sniffing dogs to identify, 7 News Denver reported.
Fort Morgan Detective Todd Zwetzig said he believes the traffickers were only temporarily stopping in Fort Morgan from off Interstate 76, and that they likely had a different final destination in mind.
“Because of the interstate, we have mass amounts of drugs that go through all the time that we don’t know about,” Zwetzig explained. “Just because we don’t have the intelligence on them or we don’t have a reason to contact those persons.”
The case is still under investigation by Fort Morgan Police, who are searching for answers on where the drugs originated and where they were going.
Potzler and Elguezabal have been charged with multiple felonies, including unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful distribution, manufacture, dispensing or sale of a controlled substance.
They are both being held without bail.