Lowndes Co. traffic stop leads to large cocaine bust
LOWNDES CO., GA (WALB) -
A south Florida man remains behind bars in Lowndes County tonight after the biggest drug trafficking bust of the year for the sheriff's office.
Eight kilos of cocaine, valued at $800,000 is now out of the hands of a suspected drug trafficker. Early yesterday morning Lowndes County deputies stopped a Ford Taurus heading North on I-75 for weaving in and out of traffic.
Officials say the driver 30-year-old Glenn Cruz of Homestead, Florida was driving on a suspended license and seemed very nervous. That's when deputies asked to search his car.
"He gave them consent to search and then they found this really sophisticated trap above the roof of the car," said Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine.
And by prying open the top of the roof, deputies found this hidden compartment. Packed with 16 pounds of cocaine, all sealed in vacuum food storage bags.
Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine credits his deputies training in finding these traps. "It's just education, and its just a continuous battle; they've really gotten sophisticated with their traps."
And now they'll use this car as a training tool. "We'll dissect it down and of course give that information to other states as well," said Prine.
Prine believes Cruz was just the transporter in this operation. And he now faces drug trafficking charges.
"I feel every time we stop one, probably ten goes by us. I mean this drug traffic is really heavy," said Prine.
This is the biggest trafficking bust of the year for the sheriff's office. They're working with the DEA to find out where this specific operation began.
Glenn Cruz is also charged with driving on a suspended driver's license. He's booked in the Lowndes County jail.
Lowndes County Sheriff's Office I.C.E. (Interstate Criminal Enforcement) has uncovered eight kilos of cocaine, a street value of $800,000.00 during a traffic stop on interstate 75.
The driver, Glenn Cruz of Homestead, Florida was operating the vehicle with a suspended license. A consensual search of the car led to the discovery of a hidden electronic compartment in the roof where the eight heat sealed kilos of cocaine were found.
A Lowndes County Sheriff's Office investigator attached to the DEA Task Force is assisting the ICE team with the investigation.
Anyone with information on drug trafficking or other crimes please contact the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office at 229-671-2985.