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Traffic stop leads to $100K cocaine bust

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A traffic stop in Hinds County led the discovery of $100,000 worth of cocaine in a vehicle. A traffic stop in Hinds County led the discovery of $100,000 worth of cocaine in a vehicle.
Josue Melendez-Vaquez (Source: Hinds County Sheriff's Department) Josue Melendez-Vaquez (Source: Hinds County Sheriff's Department)
Santos Martinez-Rodriquez (Source: Hinds County Sheriff's Department) Santos Martinez-Rodriquez (Source: Hinds County Sheriff's Department)
HINDS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A traffic stop on Interstate 20 in Hinds County led to the discovery of $100,000 worth of cocaine and two arrests.

According to Othor Cain with the Hinds County Sheriff's Department, deputies pulled over a vehicle near Norrell Road shortly after midnight Tuesday.

Cain said deputies became suspicious while talking to the men in the vehicle and obtained a consent warrant to search the vehicle. While searching the vehicle, deputies discovered irregularities that suggested the vehicle had been altered to smuggle narcotics.

The vehicle was seized and transported to the Pearl Police Department's maintenance shop to be inspected. During the inspection, authorities discovered the drugs in a hidden compartment, Cain said.

Santos Martinez-Rodriquez, 49, of Reading, PA, and Josue Melendez-Vasquez, 47, of Elizabeth, NJ, were arrested and charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute.

Police believe the two men were passing through Hinds County on the way to Pennsylvania from Texas.

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