Photo: Officer Pulls Over Tour Bus en Route to Chicago, Finds $1 Million Worth of Heroin, Cocaine
Sheriff’s deputies in Texas pulled over a commercial bus upon noticing a defective tail light over the weekend, but what started as a traffic stop wound up becoming million-dollar drug bust.
On Sunday, a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputy spotted the El Expreso tour bus and its malfunctioning tail light during routine patrol of Highway 59 near Splendora, TX. After pulling the bus over, the officer deployed his K-9 Ranger. The dog immediately jumped inside the luggage compartment and alerted the officer.
Upon investigation, the officer found 89 grams of black tar heroin, 3,355 grams of heroin, and 7,261 grams of cocaine.
Juan Vorrath, the 54-year-old bus driver from Elgin, Illinois and 29-year-old Ramiro Trevino, Jr. from San Benito, TX were promptly arrested.
Each man was charged with possession of a controlled substance, money laundering, and possession of a criminal instrument.
The street value of the drugs found on the bus is an estimated $1 million.
Vorrath and Trevino were not the only people aboard the bus and more than
two dozen men, women, and children had to wait for another bus to take them the rest of the way to Chicago.
The bus had left from Houston.