A Mesa County deputy who conducted a traffic stop 13 miles from the Utah border Tuesday morning found not only that a 13-year-old was driving a vehicle in question, but also that there were 23 packages containing crystal meth inside.

The two passengers inside the vehicle, identified as German Michel-Arreola, 22, and Irene Michel-Arreola, 19, were taken into custody and being held in the Mesa County Detention facility.

9NEWS is not naming the 13-year-old driver because he is under 18. He is being held at the Grand Mesa Youth Services Center in Grand Junction.

German Michel-Arreola

All three suspects are from Los Angeles, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. At this point, investigators can’t confirm if they are related.

They face charges for:

-Distribution/Manufacturing/Possession with Intent more than 112 grams of meth
-Special circumstances import of methamphetamine

The 13-year-old faces additional charges for failing to drive in a designated lane and driving without a valid driver’s license.