Laredo couple caught with 14.5 pounds of heroin, plot to smuggle drugs to Houston foiled

BEXAR COUNTY, Tex. (KTSA News) — A couple from Laredo was busted earlier this month on Interstate 10 in Guadalupe County trying to smuggle heroin to Houston.

The Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office pulled over a 2018 Dodge Journey at around midday on June 6th near FM 775 on the interstate because of some traffic violations.  Inside the SUV were 50-year-old Cesar Mata, his 46-year-old wife Angelica, and their teenage son.

Cesar Mata (left) and Angelica Mata (right). Photo: Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office/Facebook

The deputy and his K9 searched the SUV and found 14.5 pounds of heroin hidden inside a spare battery.

Investigators later learned that the heroin was being smuggled from Laredo to Houston.

The husband and wife were both arrested and charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance.

Their teenage son was not arrested and was released.

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