Valencia Co. sheriff's deputies bust man with a $750k drug haul

Posted at: 05/09/2013 8:47 PM
Updated at: 05/09/2013 10:22 PM
By: Jill Galus, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The mysterious part about driving is that you can never be too sure what is traveling in the car next to you.

Valencia County sheriff's deputies said Marc Valdez, 25, was hauling $750,000 worth of drugs in his car.
 
Valdez was headed northbound on Interstate 25 near the Los Lunas exit when Valencia County sheriff's deputies pulled him over for careless driving.
 
"The vehicle actually pulled in front of a tractor trailer in an unsafe manner, and initiated a traffic stop," Sheriff Louis Burkhard said.
 
Burkhard said according to his deputies that Valdez appeared "extremely nervous, with his hands shaking."
 
Valdez said he had a couple pounds of marijuana with him, Burkhard said.  But instead, it turned out to be about 17 lbs. of cocaine.
 
"Which is a lot more significant than two pounds of marijuana," Burkhard said.
 
The cocaine was packaged and wrapped in black electrical tape.
 
"The deputies are trained to look for specific things that would indicate the way narcotics are packaged for transportation," he said.
 
On top of the drugs, Burkhard said Valdez was also packing $4,000 cash hidden inside a CD case.
 
KOB Eyewitness News 4 knocked on his northwest Albuquerque home address Thursday afternoon, but there was no answer at the door.
 
"We don't know exactly where this load of narcotics came from or what it's destination was, and I think we may turn up something as our investigation continues," Burkhard said.
 
Burkhard was booked into the Valencia County Detention Center.