SAN ANGELO, Texas — The Tye Police Department announced Friday that it discovered five illegal immigrants and more than 40 grams of methamphetamine during a traffic stop Thursday.
According to the TPD, at approximately 11 p.m. Thursday, officers made a traffic stop on a Ford pickup truck on FM 707. When the officer approached the vehicle, he saw five people in the bed of the truck, covered in blankets. He approached the cab of the truck and found it occupied by a male driver, a juvenile and a female passenger.
The officer found out the four male and one female occupants in the bed of the truck were illegal immigrants. He continued the investigation and called for a K-9 unit, that conducted a search of the vehicle and alerted multiple times. A search was conducted and 40.21 grams of methamphetamines and 15 meth pipes were found.
The driver and female passenger were charged with possession and distribution of a controlled substance and child endangerment. All five illegal immigrants were turned over to Border Patrol. The female was treated and released back to Border Patrol for injuries she suffered while crossing the border.
The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office and Abilene Police Department assisted in the case, which the TPD said is still under investigation with further charges possible.