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K-9 officer sniffs out $500K in cocaine hidden in truck cab during routine traffic stop


A young truck driver has been arrested after a police officer and their K-9 discovered 20 kilograms of cocaine inside the cab of the truck. 

The incident happened on Friday, October 2nd at around 6:50 p.m. in Barstow, California. 

According to Victor Valley News Group, Barstow Police Department K-9 Officer Juan Zepeda initially pulled over the semi truck driven by 25-year-old Micael Lange Bolton for a vehicle code violation at the northbound Interstate 15 off-ramp near Avenue L. 

As Zepeda and another officer conducted the inspection, they noted that Bolton seemed ‘extremely nervous.”

 “While an officer was writing Bolton a citation for the vehicle code violation, Officer Zepeda had his K-9 partner Logan sniff the exterior of Bolton’s vehicle,” reads the news release. 

“As Canine Logan sniffed the passenger side of the cab he alerted on that area, which indicates the presence of illegal drugs.”

After the dog alerted to the possible presence of drugs, Zepeda conducted a search of the truck cab and discovered a duffle bag containing 20 vacuum-sealed packages of what appeared to be cocaine. Zepeda then conducted a field test which indicated that the substance was, in fact, cocaine. 

The duffle bag contained a total of 20 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated street value of $500,000. 

Bolton was arrested and booked into the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Jail in Barstow for possession of a controlled substance for sale and transportation of a controlled substance. 

Bolton’s bail was set at $2,050,000 and is scheduled for arraignment this week.


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