June 12, 2020
Canadian County, Oklahoma
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Sheriff makes Drug Bust on I-40
Sheriff’s Deputies with the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest of a North Carolina truck driver after he was stopped along Interstate 40 near Radio Road about 1:30 a.m. on Monday, June 8th. The driver, identified as Irvin Rodriguez, 31, of Wake Forrest, NC was taken into custody for drug smuggling after being stopped for driving off the roadway. A Sheriff’s drug dog alerted to the presence of illegal drugs under the bed inside the sleeper compartment of the Semi-tractor.
The cocaine was contained in 23 individually wrapped bundles weighing 62 lbs in total. The driver had denied having any illegal drugs in the vehicle, but responded “They are going to kill me” to the deputies after they told him they found the suitcase with the drugs.
“I believe Rodriguez’s spontaneous utterance was definitely an admission of guilt,” said Chris West, Canadian County Sheriff.
Rodriguez was taken into custody and transported to the Canadian County Jail, where he was booked in for Trafficking In Illegal Drugs. His bail was set at fifty thousand dollars, and he remains in custody.
The value of the cocaine is estimated to be around seven hundred, fifty - to - eight hundred thousand dollars.
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Photos: K9 Rex and Cocaine
Canadian County, OK