Saturday, March 9, 2013

Idaho State Police traffic stop leads to large drug seizure

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Idaho State Police
District 6 1540 Foote Dr.
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402-1828
(208) 525-7377 FAX: (208) 525-7294

For Immediate Release: 03/09/2013 3:45 pm

Please direct questions to the District Office

On March 9, 2013 at approximately 207 am, the Idaho State Police conducted a traffic stop on U.S. 20 at milepost 311 near Idaho Falls on a U-Haul truck that was failing to maintain its lane of travel. The driver was identified as Sergio Javier Varela-Vallecillo (29 YOA) by his Honduras passport and the passenger was identified as Felicia Inez Varela (28 YOA) by her Texas driver's license. During the traffic stop, there were discrepancies with the rental agreement and both occupants denied ownership of most of the property in the U-Haul.
A Bonneville County K-9 was dispatched to the traffic stop. The K-9 alerted on the U-Haul and during the search approximately 52 pounds of Methamphetamine and 27 pounds of Cocaine were located. Varela, and Varela-Vallecillo were both arrested and transported to the Bonneville County Jail. The jail staff alerted the Idaho State Police that Felicia Inez Varela had an additional 5 grams of Methamphetamine concealed on her person. Varela, and Varela-Vallecillo were both charged with Felony trafficking of Methamphetamine, and Cocaine. Felicia Inez Varela was also charged with Felony Introducing Methamphetamine into a correctional facility, and Varela-Vallecillo was charged with failure to purchase a drivers license.

The Idaho State Police was assisted on scene by the Bonneville County Sheriff and Idaho State Police detectives.

The estimated street value of the Methamphetamine and Cocaine is approximately $1,000,000 to $1,200,000.

*** On March 11th (Monday), there will be a Press Conference held at 10:30am at the District 6 Office of the Idaho State Police located at 1540 Foote Dr., in Idaho Falls. During this time the media will be able to photograph the drugs and questions will be answered about the traffic stop and investigation.