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|Traffic stop nets $2.3 million haul|
A routine traffic stop by a Ouachita Parish Sheriff's investigator led to the arrest of a South Carolina man after 23 kilos of cocaine was found in a hidden compartment of his car.
Miguel Angel Duran-Gonzalez, 28, was arrested and booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center with possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance.
Lt. Stan Felts, a member of the sheriff's Interstate Criminal Enforcement (ICE) team, made the arrest.
Sheriff Royce Toney said Felts observed Duran-Gonzalez make a traffic violation along Interstate 20 and pulled him over.
Duran-Gonzalez was nervous when talking with Felts, Toney said. Felts also noticed the smell of fresh paint in the car.
Duran-Gonzalez consented to a search of his vehicle.
"He had a well-hidden secret compartment with well over $2.3 million worth of cocaine stashed in it," Toney said.
Toney commended Felts' police work, saying the sheriff's ICE team is one of the best in the nation. The two-member team strictly works I-20 to deter criminal activity on the interstate.
"These guys are some of the best in the nation," Toney said. "I'm really proud of the work they do. Our sheriff's office is one big team working to protect our citizens and save our taxpayers money."
"This was just good police work," Toney added.
Duran-Gonzalez informed officers that he was being paid to transport the cocaine to his home state of South Carolina.