Fayette County authorities, with the help of their canine drug spotter Lobos, seized nearly 30 pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop on Interstate 10 on Wednesday.
According to a statement from Fayette County Sheriff Keith Korenek, Sgt. Randy Thumann and Lobos pulled over a Ford Escape traveling east on I-10 near Flatonia around 2:15 p.m.
Thumann found that the driver and his passenger presented “conflicting stories and extremely abnormal nervous behavior along with many criminal indicators of narcotics trafficking,” Korenek said in his statement.
Once Thumann obtained permission to search the SUV, Korenek said, Thumann and another officer, David Smith, investigated the vehicle and found about 13 kilograms of cocaine – or about 28.7 pounds – with a street value of $1.3 million.
Korenek said the cocaine was stashed in a diaper bag and in the center console of the vehicle.
The driver, 27-year-old Alan Aleman of Mexico, was arrested for felony cocaine possession and taken to the Dan R. Beck Justice Center for booking.
Alan’s wife and two small children who had been traveling with him were released, Korenek said.