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Fayette County authorities seize $1.2 million in cocaine


FAYETTE COUNTY

Authorities seize $1.2 million in cocaine

Fayette County authorities say its Narcotics Canine Unit helped seize several bundles of cocaine worth about $1.2 million at a traffic stop on Interstate 10 just west of Flatonia on Monday.

According to a statement from the office of Sheriff Keith Korenek, Sgt. Randy Thumann and his K9 partner, Lobos, stopped a Chevy Tahoe for a traffic violation around 11:50 a.m. Thumann spoke with the driver and the passenger and found they had “conflicting stories” and showed “extremely abnormal nervous behavior,” the sheriff’s office said.

After Thumann got permission from the driver to search the SUV, he and another deputy searched the vehicle and found a large trash bag containing about 12 kilograms of cocaine — which could be worth about $1.2 million — on the floor of the middle seat area, officials said.

The driver, identified by authorities as 40-year-old Nestor Zuniga-Castro of Brownsville, was arrested for felony drug possession and taken to the Fayette County Jail.

— American-Statesman staff



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