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Nearly $1 million worth of cocaine found in Orange County
ORANGE COUNTY-By: Leslie Rangel
Nearly one million dollars worth of cocaine is off the streets.
Orange county sheriff's deputies discovered the drugs during a traffic stop.
They released the driver and he agreed to lead investigators to the suspects in Georgia.
Every day thousands of drivers travel this section of I-10 in Orange County.
Last Thursday, this transport truck drew the attention of deputies after they stopped the driver for a traffic violation.
one of the vehicles was being transported from Houston to Georgia and this had been the fourth time.
It was enough to make deputies suspicious. A K-9 led them to drugs.
"They took that cover off, all that compartment only has gears in there to make the back wheels turn well they had taken all that out and put that big bundle in there and that's where they were hiding it at," chad Hoga with the Orange County Sheriff's office said.
A sixty pound bundle of cocaine.
"That cocaine had a street value of about $700,000 so it's a pretty big bust," Hogan said.
It didn't stop there deputies say the driver cooperated and led officers' to the buyers in Georgia.
"The DEA agents contacted the ones in Atlanta and they set up a control buy which basically what they did they reloaded the vehicle back on the truck, they set up surveillance, watch the vehicle and have the guy deliver the vehicle to the people he was transporting it for," Hogan says.
The suspects are brothers, David and Jorge Trujillo.
They now face federal drug charges.
Deputies say interstate 10 contiunes to be a large drug corrider for trafficking from houston to other states and although it's the largest bust for Orange County this year, they say they have a long way to go.
"It's sometimes difficult but our guys stay on top of it and try to stay up with the latest technology and latest gadgets and compartments," Hogan said.
They say they do their best to uncover drugs often destined for Southeast Texas.
"Some of the drugs that are coming down the corridor are ending up in our neighborhoods here in Orange County so we're hoping that we can stop that.That's our main focus," Hogan said.
Orange County deputies say the driver of the truck is not a suspect.
They say the brothers paid him only to deliver the truck.
Prosecutors will take their case against the two suspects to federal court in Atlanta.