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Man arrested on meth charges

Published: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

CHICAGO (AP) – Authorities say they arrested a Minneapolis man on drug charges after discovering what they believe is $1.75 million worth of methamphetamine during a suburban Chicago traffic stop.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office says Monday that 22-year-old Roberto Ortiz has been charged with felony narcotics possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

The department says Ortiz was driving an SUV in Arlington Heights on Saturday evening when he was pulled over for traffic violations. During the stop, officers found about 25 pounds of suspected crystal methamphetamine under the front seat and inside a locked box in the back of the SUV.

Ortiz was taken into custody and was expected to appear in court for a bond hearing Monday. It wasn’t clear if he had an attorney.

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