Montgomery police confis cated 50 kilograms of cocaine with a street value of $5 million during a traffic stop
Officers assigned to the Montgomery Police Depart ment's Highway Safety Team stopped an 18-wheeler for im proper lane usage on Interstate 85 at Mitylene about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to a de partment news release.
After receiving a warning for the traffic violation, the driver agreed to let the officers search the vehicle. They found the co caine under the bed in the sleep ing area, the news release states.
Maj. Huey Thornton praised the officers on duty for the drug seizure. This is a case of offi cers paying close attention, he said.
The driver, a 43-year-old man from Albuquerque, N.M., was arrested and charged with traf ficking in cocaine.
He was then turned over to the Drug Enforce ment Administration for federal prosecution. The cocaine also was turned over to the DEA.
It is great to remove such a large quantity of narcotics from the streets, Police Chief Arthur Baylor stated in the news re lease.
Some of these drugs could have easily made it to our community. We are very proud of the work conducted by our Pa trol Division's Highway Safety Team.
Wednesday's cocaine confis cation was similar to one earlier this year. In February, officers with the patrol division's Drug Interdiction Team found a co caine stash during a traffic stop of a tractor-trailer on I-85 near the Taylor Road exit.
Police were given consent to search and an officer noticed a modification of the vehicle. Six ty-seven kilograms of powder cocaine with a street value of $6.7 million were found.
BY MATT OKARMUS
AUGUST 20, 2010
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