Pair busted in Texas out on bond
Two Catawba County residents are out of a Texas jail after being arrested for possessing more than $1 million in drugs.
Chelsea Elizabeth McDowell, 25, of Hickory, and Terry Alexander Bumgarner, 47, of Newton, were released from Gregg County jail Tuesday in Longview, Texas, on $300,000 bonds each.
A Texas Department of Public Safety officer allegedly found 30 pounds of crystal methamphetamine secured in a false compartment in McDowell and Bumgarner's vehicle after a routine traffic stop Jan. 29.
The street value of the drugs was estimated at $1.3 million.
McDowell and Bumgarner were traveling on Texas' Interstate 20 when the officer pulled over their vehicle for a defective license plate light.
Robyn Claridy of the Longview News-Journal in Texas contributed to this report.