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Troopers seize 12 pounds of cocaine in traffic stop near Telferner

Dec. 13, 2011 at 6:13 a.m.
Updated Dec. 14, 2011 at 6:14 a.m.

About 12 pounds of cocaine were seized from a hidden compartment in a truck engine on Saturday. Rodrigo Jessel Vasquez, 33, of Brownsville, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance. The cocaine has an estimated street valued at 125,000, according to a Department of Public Safety spokesman.

Department of Public Safety troopers seized about 12 pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop near Telferner on Saturday.

Rodrigo Jessel Vasquez, 33, of Brownsville, was arrested after troopers discovered cocaine inside a built-in compartment in Vasquez's 1998 Dodge Ram's engine, said Gerald Bryant, DPS spokesperson.

Vasquez was traveling north on U.S. Highway 59 enroute to Houston from Matamoros, Mexico, about 1:30 p.m., when he was stopped for an equipment violation, Bryant said.

"The trooper detected several signs of criminal activity and received verbal consent to search the vehicle," Bryant said.

The cocaine has an estimated street value of $125,000, Bryant said.

Vasquez was charged with possession of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony, Bryant added.

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