A Ballinger man was arrested on Monday on felony drug charges, officials from the Ballinger Police Department reported.

A Ballinger man was arrested on Monday on felony drug charges, officials from the Ballinger Police Department reported.

Ballinger Police Chief Stan Maresch said that intelligence reports were obtained that indicated that a sizeable amount of methamphetamine was on its way to Ballinger from Fort Worth.

The Winters Police Department pulled over the suspect’s vehicle, which was a 2000 Chevrolet pickup, on a traffic violation at the intersection of North Rogers St. and the Novice Highway, and searched the vehicle and discovered  9.8 ounces of methamphetamine. The street value of the seized drugs could reach $270,000.

Winters PD Canine Officer Laramie Stone executed the search of the vehicle and discovered the drugs.

The traffic stop occurred around 1:30 p.m. in Winters. The arrest was made near the campuses of Winters ISD and the city park.

Gilberto Garcia, 53, of Ballinger was arrested and charged with manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance in a drug free zone, a first degree felony. Garcia is in custody at the Runnels County Jail. Bond has not been set.

Information from the traffic stop led to a search warrant being executed at a residence at 1011 North Concho Street  in Winters, where investigators found paraphernalia.

The Ballinger Poiice Department and the Runnels County Sheriff’s Office assisted in this investigation.