For the average person, a traffic stop is likely a nerve-wracking experience. It is probably even more challenging for a person who is not from the country in which he or she was stopped. In fact, a man from out-of-country now faces drug charges following a traffic stop in Texas.

The incident that led to the man’s arrest happened on a day in late November. According to reports, a deputy initiated a traffic stop. The cause of the stop is unclear. The driver reportedly told the deputy that he was a commercial driver from another country and had recently made a delivery to the United States.

At the time of the stop, the man was reportedly driving a passenger van; he is said to have told the officer that he rented the vehicle so that he could help out a friend. However, the driver allegedly agreed to allow the deputy to search the van following a brief discussion. During that search, the deputy claims to have discovered 260 pounds of methamphetamine and 205 pounds of cocaine. The drugs are reportedly worth $21.5 million. Investigators claim that they were able to confirm that the drugs were being transported to Canada, but it is unclear how confirmation was made.

Unfortunately, the man is likely facing drug charges with serious consequences as a result of what likely started out as a simple traffic stop in Texas. Many people — likely those who are from out of the country — are unaware that they can deny law enforcement officers permission to search their vehicles. Additionally, having experienced legal counsel on their side as they interact with police can help ensure that they fully understand the implications of information that they provide.