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Two jailed after state trooper finds 184 pounds of cocaine during traffic stop



INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (IUSTV News) – Two men from California are facing felony charges for possessing and dealing cocaine after an Indiana State Trooper reportedly found 184 pounds of cocaine hidden among containers of onions in their semi-trailer.

Indiana State Police

According to state police, the trooper was on I-70 near Mount Comfort Road Sunday afternoon when they stopped the semi to conduct a commercial vehicle inspection. During the inspection, the trooper noticed a logbook violation and reported that the driver and passenger were giving indications of criminal activity.

The trooper reportedly asked to search the semi, and the two men agreed, where the trooper later found the packages that later tested positive for cocaine.

Police arrested the two men, Jose Perez, 66, and Miguel Rodriguez, 60, on the charges of dealing in cocaine, a level two felony, and possession of cocaine, a level three felony.

Under Indiana Sentencing Guidelines, the sentencing range for a level two felony is 10 to 30 years, with a suggested sentence of 17.5 years, and the sentencing range for a level three felony is 6 to 20 years, with a suggested sentence of 10 years.