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Deputies: 4 pounds of meth seized in I-85 traffic stop

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Maria Herrera and Yair Ortega-Guzman (Source: Oconee Co. Sheriff's Office) Maria Herrera and Yair Ortega-Guzman (Source: Oconee Co. Sheriff's Office)
Meth seized in the traffic stop. (Source: Oconee Co. Sheriff's Office) Meth seized in the traffic stop. (Source: Oconee Co. Sheriff's Office)
WALHALLA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Two North Carolina residents have been charged after Oconee County deputies seized 4 pounds of meth during a traffic stop on Interstate 85 on Wednesday.

Jimmy Watt of the sheriff's office said they stopped a 2007 gold Chevy Tahoe around 11 a.m. near Exit 4 on I-85 north.

The driver, 32-year-old Maria Herrera, told deputies she and the passenger were on their way to Asheville from Gainesville, GA, according to Watt.

Deputies became suspicious when Herrera's story conflicted with the passenger, Yair Ortega-Guzman's story, according to Watt.

Watt said deputies received consent to search the car where they found a Ziploc bag with a pound of meth in the floorboard.

According to Watt, Herrera and Ortega-Guzman's stories continued to conflict.

Deputies then found another container wrapped in a laundry basket in the cargo area that contained another 3 pounds of meth, Watt said.

The 4 pounds of meth has a street value of $180,000, according to Watt.

Watt said deputies discovered the drugs were picked up in Atlanta and were being transported to Asheville.

Herrera and Ortega-Guzman have both been charged with trafficking and conspiracy, according to Watt.

"We are between two hubs for drug activity, which are Atlanta and Charlotte," said Capt. Ken Washington of the Special Operations Division of the Sheriff's Office. "You want to get be able to get that type of quantity of meth, because it is going to be dispersed into smaller weights. 454 grams equals 1 pound and typically, a gram of meth can be sold for up to $100."

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