$1 million meth bust made on bus in Weed

WEED, Calif. — Methamphetamine valued at more than $1 million was seized on a commercial bus on Tuesday.

Drug investigators in Siskiyou County arrested a passenger at the Weed bus terminal in whose suitcase the drugs were found, the Siskiyou Countywide Interagency Narcotic Task Force reported.

Officers linked the suitcase to Martin Chavez, 49, of Portland. Chavez admitted the suitcase was his, but denied knowing what was inside, officials said.

The suitcase was opened at a Weed bus station and the officers found 12 individual packages wrapped in duct tape, a packaging method consistent with concealing large amounts of narcotics, officials said.

One of the packages was opened and the contents tested positive for methamphetamine.

Chavez was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine intended for sale and transportation of methamphetamine.

He is being held at the Siskiyou County Jail on $500,000 bail.

The total weight of the seized methamphetamine is 11.8 pounds with a street value of more than $1 million.

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