Failure to signal a lane change leads troopers to find half a million in meth

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CLEAR CREEK, Colo. — A routine traffic stop led a Colorado State Patrol trooper to find 27 pounds of methamphetamine worth half a million dollars.

Sisters Jeanette and Luz Maria Aguilar were driving along Interstate 70 on Sept. 8 in Clear Creek County when Jeanette, who was driving, failed to signal a lane change.

A Colorado State Patrol trooper saw the car and pulled it over, said Jill Sarmo, spokeswoman for the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

The trooper noticed Jeanette Aguilar seemed overly nervous during the stop and called for a K9 to search the vehicle. The dog signaled it smelled drugs and troopers searched the car, Sarmo said.

They found 24 packages of meth equaling 27.7 pounds. The drugs had been wrapped in duct tape packages and concealed in hidden compartments in the back seat, Sarmo said.

Both have been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance. Their case has been moved to a district court and will appear for advisement on Nov. 17.

The sisters are still in custody on a $50,000 bond.

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