A Wisconsin man was jailed on a felony narcotics possession charge after Texas Department of Public Safety troopers found 50 pounds of cocaine concealed in his car during a routine traffic stop Friday night.
Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers Bruce Roberts and Trent Price are credited with the traffic stop and subsequent arrest and drug seizure.
The incident began around 9:30 p.m. when Roberts noticed a blue Toyota Camry traveling in the left passing lane of Interstate 30 east without passing another car, which is prohibited. Roberts initiated a traffic stop at the 127 mile marker. Price assisted, according to arrest reports.
The driver was identified as Ramon L. Cortes, 27, of Milwaukee, Wisc. While talking with Cortes briefly, Roberts become suspicious that the man was possibly involved in criminal activity and asked for permission to search the Camry, reports state.
The search by Roberts and Price revealed a false compartment under the rear seat of the car. Inside the concealed compartment, the troopers found approximately 50 pounds of suspected cocaine, according to arrest reports.
Cortes was arrested for possession of more than 400 grams of the controlled substance cocaine, and was taken to the Hopkins County jail without further incident. DPS officers impounded the car and took it to their Sulphur Springs office, located near the site of the traffic stop, for further inspection.
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