Crime

November 18, 2013

Bag of meth tucked in front of woman’s bra, drug officers report

Dallas woman was arrested in Bedford Nov. 8 after drug officers spotted a small plastic bag sticking out of the low V-neck of her blouse. It contained meth, a federal complaint says.

A Dallas woman was arrested in Bedford this month after federal and local drug officers spotted a small plastic bag sticking out of the low V-neck of her blouse.

A female drug agent removed the bag, and a later test found that it contained 29 grams of methamphetamine, according to a federal criminal complaint.

Maria Ortiz, Maria Avalos and a third woman who was not identified were arrested. Otiz and Avalos have detention hearings set for Thursday. Information about the third woman was not available Monday.

The women were arrested by officers who had been tipped off about a drug deal that was to take place Nov. 8 in the parking lot of Walmart Neighborhood Market, 2108 Bedford Road in Bedford. The participants were expected to include at least two women in a green Honda, according to the criminal complaint.

After watching a green Honda drive out of the parking lot, officers stopped the vehicle for a traffic violation. Oritz, Avalos and the other woman were asked to get out of the car.

As Ortiz sat on a curb, agents noticed the plastic bag peeking from her cleavage, according to the complaint.

During questioning, Ortiz consented to a search of her Dallas apartment. Officers found 969 grams of meth, a 12-gauge shotgun, a .22-caliber revolver, digital scales, numerous plastic bags and a journal containing what appeared to be notations of drug dealing transactions, according to the complaint.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

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