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A traffic stop by the Beaumont Police Department resulted in one arrest and the seizure of 45 kilos of cocaine.

On Aug. 23, at about 2 a.m. Narcotics Interdiction Officers with BPD were working a criminal patrol on I-10 when they observed a vehicle commit a traffic violation. A BPD K-9 responded to the traffic stop and gave a positive alert to the odor of narcotics coming from the vehicle. 

During the search, officers located 45 kilograms of suspected cocaine hidden inside the door frames of the vehicle.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety reported a multi-vehicle wreck at about 3 p.m. on Interstate 10 in Jefferson County. The crash was approximately three miles east of the Jefferson-County Chambers County line.

The preliminary DPS crash investigation indicated that a 2011 Kia SUV was traveling westbound on I-10 at an unsafe speed for the wet road conditions and lost control. The Kia struck a concrete wall and spun into a semi-trailer and another vehicle. A total of seven vehicles were involved in the chain-reaction crash.

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On Aug. 27, at about 9:30 a.m., Pinehurst Police Chief Fred Hanauer was attempting to locate a man wanted on an outstanding felony warrant at an apartment complex in the 2400 block of Fourth Street. As Hanauer drove into the parking area for the complex, he spotted a a white male he recognized as the wanted man. The police chief made contact with the suspect, who immediately got into his vehicle and fled the area.

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The body of a Beaumont woman who went missing Aug. 21 was found days later, the Beaumont Police Department said.

Mina Jean Hamm, 76, of Beaumont was last seen at CVS, located at Highway 105 and Eastex Freeway, around 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. Police had additional concerns as Hamm was off needed medication at the time. 

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