Federal drug charges filed against Amarillo man

Federal charges have been brought against a man APD arrested last week for having 1.1 million in meth stored in his truck.

A federal complaint against Richard Anthony Rios was filed today in federal court for possession with intent to distribute fifty grams or more of methamphetamine.

A motorcycle officer stopped a vehicle on west Interstate-40 and Crockett Street about 12:55 p.m., police said, and a Department of Public Safety narcotics dog was called to the scene and alerted on the vehicle.

Police said officers found about 25 pounds of methamphetamine valued at $1,132,500 in the vehicle and the driver, Richard Rios, 36, was arrested and booked into Potter County Jail on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance over 200 grams.

Searching the Department of Public Safety Criminal Records, for Richard Anthony Rios, Pronews 7 found his criminal interactions with law enforcement. In 1999 Rios was found to be engaging in organized crime. Punishment assessed 90 days in Randall County Jail and costs.

In 2000, Rios, was granted probation. The charges were possession of a controlled substance. Defendant received 5 years deferred probation, $1,500 fine and costs.

A detention hearing has been set for Rios September 12.