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Nearly 8 pounds of cocaine discovered during traffic stop

Officials initially pulled over Maldonado because they could not read his vehicle tag. (Photo source: JCSD) Officials initially pulled over Maldonado because they could not read his vehicle tag. (Photo source: JCSD)
The street value of the drugs is valued to be $81,000. (Photo source: WLOX) The street value of the drugs is valued to be $81,000. (Photo source: WLOX)
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

After law enforcement found nearly eight pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop, a Houston, Texas man is facing charges. 

According to Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell, a deputy pulled over Luis Maldonado near Creek Road on I-10 just before 9 a.m. Feb. 7. When the South Mississippi Metro Enforcement Team arrived on the scene to assist, agents found a bag of 'white powder substance' in Maldonado's pocket. 

After receiving permission to search the vehicle, a drug K-9 signaled deputies to the extended cab portion of the truck, where they located three squares wrapped in black plastic tape. 

The street value of the drugs is estimated to be $81,000.

Maldonado has been charged with aggravated trafficking in controlled substances, and is being held at the Jackson County Adult Detention Center on a $30,000 bond. 

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