Cocaine bust: deputies discover three kilos of cocaine during traffic stop

Cocaine bust: deputies discover three kilos of cocaine during traffic stop

Deputies with the Jefferson County Narcotics Task Force discovered approximately 3 kilos (6.6. pounds) of cocaine during a traffic stop Oct. 24, reports the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a news release, deputies initiated a traffic stop on a speeding white Volvo SUV in Jefferson County on eastbound Interstate 10 near mile marker 837 shortly after 8 a.m. Deputies identified the driver, who was the lone occupant of the vehicle, as Jesus Manuel Rubalcava, 40, of Houston. Upon talking to Rubalcava, deputies noticed the strong odor of air freshener emanating from the vehicle. After speaking with him for a brief period, deputies asked for consent to search the vehicle. Rubalcava agreed, the sheriff’s office reports, and deputies began their search. While examining the vehicle, the officers noticed that the front seatbelt bolts appeared to have been tampered with and, upon further inspection, a false compartment was located under the seats. The officers then took the vehicle to the Jefferson County Service Center, stated the release, where they removed the front seats, opened the false compartment and discovered the cocaine.

Rubalcava was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony. His bond is set at $100,000. He remains in custody at this time.

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