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Bust nets 70 pounds of meth

6/26/2014

By MIKE CORN

mcorn@dailynews.net

A Nevada man remains in the Ellis County Jail after a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper found more than 70 pounds of methamphetamine and an unspecified amount of cocaine in the car he was driving.

The KHP isn't releasing many details about the incident, but Trooper Tod Hileman said the traffic stop was made Friday in the eastbound lane of Interstate 70 approximately a mile east of Vine.

The vehicle, bearing a Missouri license plate, was being driven by a Nevada man, but Hileman declined to identify him because of the ongoing investigation.

Only one inmate is being housed in the Ellis County Jail for the Kansas Highway Patrol. The log identifies that man as Tomas Serrato Jaimes.

Hileman said the vehicle was stopped for a traffic infraction, and the trooper making the stop ultimately discovered "a large amount of methamphetamine and cocaine" in the vehicle.

Hileman declined to detail the quantity involved, but other sources put the amount of methamphetamine discovered at more than 70 pounds. It's not clear how much cocaine was discovered.

"It was a large quantity," Hileman said of the drug bust.

Although the man was booked and remains in the Ellis County Jail, charges are expected to be filed through federal court.

"It's an ongoing investigation," Hileman said.