Fayette County authorities say its Narcotics Canine Unit helped seize several bundles of cocaine worth about $1.2 million at a traffic stop this week.
According to a statement from the office of Sheriff Keith Korenek, Sgt. Randy Thumann and his K9 partner, Lobos, stopped a Chevy Tahoe on Interstate 10 just west of Flatonia for a traffic violation around 11:50 a.m. Monday.
Thumann spoke with the driver and the passenger and reported that they had “conflicting stories and 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 on the floor of the middle seat area, officials said.
Authorities said the cocaine has a street value of about $1.2 million.
The driver, identified by the Fayette County sheriff’s office as 40-year-old Nestor Zuniga-Castro of Brownsville, was arrested for felony drug possession and taken to the Fayette County Jail.