Cocaine found in car seats during traffic stop

Two McAllen men were arrested after a traffic stop led police to cocaine hiding in these car seats (Texas Department of Public Safety)

January 31, 2012 8:47:23 AM PST
Two South Texas men have been arrested after a traffic stop led to 23 pounds of cocaine hidden in child safety seats.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Gerald Bryant said Tuesday that one of the men's daughters, ages 3 and 5, were in the seats but not buckled up.

The traffic stop, which yielded nearly $650,000 worth of cocaine, happened Saturday in Victoria as the McAllen men headed to Houston.

Arturo Ortiz Jr. was jailed Tuesday on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, with bond at $75,000.

DPS says Christopher Cortez is held without bond for contempt for failure to pay child support, plus he'll face a drug possession charge. His two daughters were released to other relatives.

Online jail records did not list attorneys for the men.

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