Harlingen man busted near Houston on meth charges

A Harlingen man is being held without bond after he was arrested near Houston on charges he tried to smuggle crystal methamphetamine.

Ricardo Lozano, 40, was arrested on Tuesday when the Fort Bend County narcotics task force stopped him for a traffic violation on U.S. 59 north near Rosenberg.

According to a news release from the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department, during the roadside stop a detective and his canine discovered 17.7 pounds of meth hidden in the headliner of the Ford Explorer Lozano was driving.

Lozano is charged with manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance and unlawful use of a criminal instrument. Both charges are felonies. He is being held in the Fort Bend County Jail without bond.

Officials say the methamphetamine has a street value of $123,900.