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DPS Troopers uncover $198,000 worth of cocaine during traffic stop

By Gheni_Platenburg
July 18, 2011 at 7:18 a.m.

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers uncovered 19.8 pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop on  U.S. Highway 59 near Loop 463 on Saturday.

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers seized 19.8 pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop Saturday.

About 6:07 p.m., DPS troopers stopped a Mazda Tribute sport utility vehicle on suspicion of a traffic violation, while traveling north on U.S. Highway 59 just north of Loop 463, said DPS Trooper and Public Information Officer Gerald Bryant.

Upon stopping the vehicle, the trooper observed "numerous indicators of criminal activity," Bryant said.

After obtaining verbal consent to search the pickup, the trooper uncovered 10 bundles of cocaine located in the SUV's frame rails.

The cocaine had a street value of $198,000, said Bryant.

The SUV's driver, Jesus Valerio Fuentes, 41, of Brownsville, was arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, a first degree felony.

As of Monday evening, Fuentes remained in the Victoria County jail.

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