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Police Seize 53 Pounds Of Cocaine

Last updated on Tuesday, June 15, 2010

(NEW CASTLE, IN) - More than $2.4 million in cocaine is off the streets following a Monday morning traffic stop near new castle on Interstate 70.

Indiana State Police say Trooper Chris Martin stopped an 18-wheeler for a routine inspection when he noticed the driver and passenger acting suspiciously.

A search of the truck turned up 24 kilograms, or nearly 53 pounds of cocaine hidden in the truck's trailer.

Police arrested 31-year-old Oscar Cruz of Plainfield, New Jersey and 21-year-old Jose Lazo Martir, of Paramount, California.

Both are charged with dealing cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to deliver.

Investigators say the cocaine originated in California and was bound for New Jersey.

Martin was recently honored as "Trooper of the Year" for the Connersville post.

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