Man arrested after more than 17 pounds of cocaine found in Perry County

Pine Belt

PERRY COUNTY, Miss. (WHLT) – Perry County deputies arrested a man after finding more than 17 pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop.

Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Highway 98 in New Augusta on Wednesday night. During the investigation, deputies discovered a hidden compartment inside the vehicle.

Investigators said the vehicle was brought to the Sheriff’s Office for a further search. They found eight kilos (17.6 pounds) of cocaine inside the hidden compartments. The estimated street value of the cocaine is $320,000.

Deputies arrested Juan Antonio Gonzalez-Garza, 37, and charged him with careless driving and aggravated drug trafficking (cocaine).

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