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Nearly 19 pounds of meth found in car after Lyman County traffic stop

VIVIAN—A man was arrested on the morning of Nov. 22 in Lyman County for allegedly driving with about 19 pounds of methamphetamine in his vehicle.

A Highway Patrol officer noticed an eastbound vehicle with California plates traveling at 83 mph on Interstate 90, near mile marker 212, according to court documents.

The officer performed a traffic stop on the vehicle, which was driven by 32-year-old Heriberto Ortiz, of Cor Real Del Valle, Mexico. Ortiz was told that he would receive a warning for speeding, and during the warning process, he reportedly appeared nervous and told the officer he was traveling to Minnesota to visit family. The officer asked Ortiz for permission to search the vehicle.

A package of methamphetamine was allegedly found inside the vehicle's right wheel well, and Ortiz was placed under arrest and transported to the Brule County Jail.

The vehicle was towed to the Department of Transportation shop in Presho, where a search reportedly yielded 18 additional packages of methamphetamine distributed throughout the vehicle. Each of the packages weighed about one pound.

Ortiz is charged with manufacturing, possession or distribution of three or more schedule I or II-related items, possession of a controlled substance in schedules I or II and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.