AVON, Colo. (KDVR) — An Eagle County traffic stop on Interstate 70 led deputies to a 23-pound drug bust.

According to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, just before 9 p.m. on Wednesday, the Gore Range Narcotics Interdiction Team stopped a car for weaving down I-70 near the town of Avon. The driver was identified as 40-year-old Domingo Mendoza-Ceja of Denver.

The team said that Mendoza-Ceja led the team to believe there was further criminal activity taking place and a K-9 was deployed around the vehicle.

The K-9’s handler was alerted to the rear of the car where they discovered 23 pounds of drugs inside the gas tank under the rear seat.

The gas tank contained:

  • 16.7 pounds of suspected meth
  • 5.5 pounds of heroin
  • 1.2 pounds of fentanyl

Mendoza-Ceja is being held on a $150,000 bond and is facing the following charges:

  • Distribution of a schedule one controlled substance – Methamphetamine
  • Possession of a schedule one controlled substance –  Methamphetamine
  • Distribution of a schedule one controlled substance – Heroin
  • Possession of a schedule one controlled substance – Heroin
  • Distribution of a schedule one controlled substance – Fentanyl
  • Possession of a schedule one controlled substance – Fentanyl
  • Special offender importation of heroin
  • Special offender importation of Methamphetamine
  • Special offender importation of Fentanyl

Anyone with information on Mendoza-Ceja or this crime is asked to call the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office at 970-328-8500. Tipsters can remain anonymous and report to the Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007. Tipsters could be eligible for a cash reward.