Drug bust in Orange County

Brandon Paul Pay (inset) was arrested with more than 20 pounds of cocaine.

Orange County Sheriff’s deputies reportedly arrested a 23-year-old Florida man and recovered more than 20 pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop on Feb. 5.

According to a news release from OCSO, deputies stopped a 2008 GMC Yukon traveling eastbound on Interstate 10 near mile marker 870 at about 9:50 a.m. for an inoperable brake light. While speaking with the driver, they reportedly observed that he was unusually nervous and obtained consent from him to search the vehicle. During the search, deputies report, they located seven plastic wrapped “bricks” stuffed in the back of the rear seats. Once the packages were removed, said OCSO, it was discovered that inside the wrapped bricks was powder cocaine weighing in at a total of approximately 21 pounds. The cocaine has an estimated street value of $200,000.

The driver was identified as Brandon Paul Pay, a 23-year-old man from Jacksonville, Florida. Pay was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance, a first-degree felony, and transported to the Orange County Jail where he remained in custody awaiting arraignment at the time of the release.