Troopers make drug bust on California couple

2014-03-05T06:00:00Z Troopers make drug bust on California couple Elko Daily Free Press

WELLS — A traffic stop led to troopers arresting an alleged modern-day bootlegger.

Nevada Highway Patrol troopers stopped Gabriela Verdugo, 38, of Thermal, Calif., and Felix M. Figueroa, 32, of Palm Springs, Calif., for speeding on U.S. Highway 93 about 20 miles south of Wells, Trooper Jim Stewart said. Verdugo was driving and Figueroa was the passenger.

Verdugo had a suspended driver’s license, and she was arrested on that charge, Stewart said. She was searched after she was arrested and troopers reportedly found 1/2 pound of heroin and 3/4 pound of cocaine in her boots. Stewart said the drugs were packaged in two or three bundles.

Both Verdugo and Figueroa were arrested for two counts of selling a controlled substance, two counts of trafficking controlled substances, two counts of possession of controlled substances, two counts of possession to sell controlled substances. Figueroa was also arrested on an INS hold. His bail was listed at $570,000. Verdugo was also arrested for speeding and driving with a suspended driver’s license. Her bail was listed at $570,560.

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