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MDOT seizes $700k in cocaine in south Mississippi bust

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Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) officers found approximately $700,000 worth of cocaine during the safety inspection Tuesday afternoon in Hancock County.

Posted: Jan 11, 2018 1:27 PM

HANCOCK COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) – Officers found large bundles of cocaine during a traffic stop earlier this week in south Mississippi.

Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) officers found approximately $700,000 worth of cocaine during the safety inspection Tuesday afternoon in Hancock County.

Officers stopped a 2000 Freightliner tractor/van trailer on Interstate 10 for a fuel, weight, safety and paperwork inspection.

During the stop, officers found three bundles near the rear of the trailer. The bundles contained approximately 30 kilograms of cocaine.

The driver, Barrios Pedro, 46, of Laredo, Texas, was arrested and charged with the possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

MDOT says the trailer was loaded with detergents and soap which was being transported from Laredo to West Palm Beach, Florida.

The investigation is underway by the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and MDOT law enforcement. 

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