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Traffic stop yields drug bust

Nov. 23, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

A routine traffic stop in Wayne County last week yielded more than 450 grams of methamphetamine and landed one man in jail.

Fifty-five-year-old Gary Diaz is being housed at the Carter County Detention Center in Grayson, Ky., following the traffic stop at mile marker no. 3 on Interstate 64 in Wayne County. He is charged with possession with intent to distribute a quantity of methamphetamine, which is a schedule II controlled substance.

According to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, an officer with the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team conducted a traffic stop on a Ford Escape being driving by Diaz. During the traffic stop, a member of the West Virginia State Police employed the services of a K-9 animal to conduct a sniff of the vehicle. The K-9 alerted on the driver's side rear quarter panel of the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle resulted in the location of a clear plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine in the spare tire compartment in the rear of the vehicle. The suspected controlled substance weighed approximately 457.2 grams and field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

Diaz is schedule to appear at a preliminary hearing on the complaint at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, before Magistrate Judge Cheryl A. Eifert in Huntington.

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