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DPS seizes $1.25 million worth of cocaine

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
Nov. 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Updated Nov. 4, 2010 at 6:04 a.m.


Cocaine, valued at more than $1 million, was seized Monday morning by the Victoria Department of Public Safety.

Rafael Ramos, 34, of McAllen, was traveling north on U.S. Highway 59 toward Houston at 9:45 a.m. when he was stopped on suspicion of speeding and cutting off another vehicle, DPS Trooper and Public Information Officer Gerald Bryant said.

The DPS trooper, whose name could not be released, suspected drugs were in the car and asked permission to search Ramos' 2001 Ford Expedition.

"He noticed several indicators that made the trooper suspicious of drugs in the car," Bryant said.

Upon further inspection, Bryant said, the trooper discovered 19 bundles, or 25.3 kilos of cocaine, worth about $1.25 million, stuffed into the seats of the vehicle.

Ramos was arrested and charged with a first degree felony possession of a controlled substance greater than 400 grams. The vehicle was impounded.

Bryant said the cocaine will be tested in a lab before it's destroyed by law enforcement officials.

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