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Oklahoma Police Pull Over Car Transport Trailer, Discover 77 Pounds of Cocaine Worth $5 Million Dollars In Vehicle

January 26, 2015  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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(NewsOK) EL RENO — Canadian County deputies made a “significant seizure” — nearly $5 million worth — of cocaine headed for Oklahoma City during a traffic stop on Interstate 40, investigators said Tuesday.

About 6:30 p.m. Sunday, deputies stopped a tractor-trailer carrying five vehicles east on I-40 when the driver drifted onto the shoulder several times.

The driver gave the deputies consent to search the vehicles on the trailer, where they found 35 bricks of cocaine weighing a little more than 2 pounds each, Canadian County sheriff’s office Undersheriff Chris West said.

The cocaine seized weighs about 77 pounds and has an estimated street value of $4.8 million. The bust is the “largest seizure of cocaine in the metro area in recent years, if not ever,” West said.

Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control spokesman Mark Woodward called the seizure rare.

“It’s a significant seizure, and a really good job by them,” Woodward said.

Deputies discovered the cocaine in a false compartment built underneath the rear seats in one of the cars. The bricks were wrapped in several layers of cellophane, carbon paper, packing tape and graphite powder.

“The graphite powder would have been added in an attempt to mask the drug odors from drug dogs my deputies had at the scene,” Canadian County Sheriff Randall Edwards said.

Deputies released the driver after they determined he did not know about the cocaine he was traveling with, West said. The driver’s final destination was Oklahoma City.

“Unlike many of the drug busts we make, these drugs were destined for distribution in Oklahoma City, and a portion would have ended up on the streets of Canadian County,” Edwards said. “I can’t tell you how proud I am of my deputies and their hard work and dedication.”

West said the sheriff’s office will work with other law enforcement agencies to try to determine where the drugs came from and who they were going to.

The vehicle where the drugs were found was a white 2005 Chrysler Pacifica, authorities said. It was perched on the top row of the trailer, above the truck cab. Deputies used a ladder to a gain access to the vehicle.

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