Officers seize 66 pounds of cocaine in I-35 traffic stop

AUSTIN – Two men were arrested after police said they located approximately 30 kilograms of cocaine in their truck during a May 31 traffic stop.

APD said officers stopped a 2012 Ford truck for a traffic violation along the 1000 block of North Interstate 35 on May 31. After speaking with the driver, 28-year-old Armando Lopez, and passenger Rogelio Saucedo Jr., 36, one officer noticed a partially open duffel bag on the floor, and police said the officer “observed what he believed to be packaging consistent with what he believed to be narcotics.”

An APD K-9 officer was deployed and indicated there were drugs in the vehicle, and police found 16 kilograms of what later tested positive for cocaine in the duffel bag. Lopez and Saucedo were taken into custody to be interviewed, and police transported the truck to the department’s Organized Crime Unit. During a search of the truck, APD said officers located an additional eight kilograms of cocaine in the truck’s center console, six kilograms of cocaine under the truck’s back seat and nearly $4,400 in cash.

Lopez and Saucedo were arrested on a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Online records at the Williamson County Jail state both men were released to another agency on June 2, and police said in a Tuesday afternoon briefing that both men are facing federal charges.

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