12lbs of Deadly California Fentanyl Seized in Panhandle Traffic Stop


AMARILLO – The Texas Department of Public Safety seized more than 12 pounds of suspected fentanyl Sunday, Oct. 23, after a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper stopped a vehicle in Carson County. 

At approximately 10:50 a.m., a DPS Trooper stopped a 2010 Toyota Tacoma traveling east on I-40 near Conway for a traffic violation. The Trooper then discovered five plastic-wrapped bundles of fentanyl powder and four plastic-wrapped bags of fentanyl pills in after-market compartment in a tool box located in the bed of the pickup truck.

DPS Special Agents and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agents were contacted and assisted with the investigation. DEA adopted the case.

The driver, Jaciento Cardenas, 27, and passenger - Saria Ordonez, 54, both of Baja, California, were arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and were transported and booked into the Randall County Jail.

The drugs were reportedly being transported from Los Angels, California, to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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