Troopers arrest three on drug charges after traffic stops
More than 17 pounds of cocaine, 9 pounds of marijuana seized
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

March 31, 2006 -- State troopers made three felony arrests and seized more than 17 pounds of cocaine and 9 pounds of marijuana as a result of two separate traffic stops on Interstate 30 last night.

Credit for the first arrest and 8 kilogram cocaine bust was attributed to State Troopers Corey Kernell and Trent Price.

The pair stopped a gray Acura at 9:50 p.m. Thursday at the 128 mile marker on I-30 for following another vehicle too closely. The driver, identified as 32-year-old Armando Calderon Orozco of Garland, could not produce proof of insurance, was noted to be nervous and was unable to give a "specific reason for his travel," which aroused the troopers' suspicions.

Kernell and Price asked for and were given Orozco's permission to search the Acura. They found the 8 kilograms, or 17.6 pounds, of cocaine wrapped in plastic shopping bags and grease inside a large metal box hidden in the rear bumper, according to arrest reports.

Orozco was arrested for possession of cocaine and not having proof of liability insurance. He was arraigned Friday morning at the county jail by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Ronny Glossup. He had been released before noon after paying the insurance fine and securing a $50,000 bond, according to Glossup.

The second traffic stop and two subsequent arrests were made at 3:10 a.m. Friday one mile east of the first arrest.

Reynolds stopped an eastbound black Ford F-150 for speeding and following too close behind other vehicles. The driver was identified as 38-year-old Aceveda Daniel Trujillo of Lewisville, and the passenger as 24-year-old Carlos Robert Zapata of Evansville, Ind.

Trujillo initially showed Reynolds a fake Texas driver's license, resulting in him being charged with not having a valid driver's license and displaying a fictitious license.

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