Authorities Seize A Large Amount Of Cocaine

FRANKLIN, Ky. (AP) - Authorities seized 112 lbs. of cocaine during a traffic stop on Interstate 65 in southern Kentucky.

Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement officers from Simpson County stopped the driver of a semi tractor-trailer for speeding in a work zone on Monday night, said KVE spokesman Bobby Clue in a statement. Clue said the amount of cocaine was the second largest cocaine seizure from a traffic stop in Kentucky and the largest seizure for KVE.

After talking with the driver, officers asked for a drug-detecting dog be brought in.

Francisco J. Delacruz, 35, and Humberto Contreras, 36, were arrested and charged with trafficking illegal narcotics. Both men were placed in the custody of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, Clue said in the statement.

Authorities estimate the street value of the cocaine to be a little over $1.5 million.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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