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KSP seize drugs hidden in cooler during traffic stop

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EDDYVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two men are facing several charges after a Kentucky State Police Criminal Interdiction team located pot, meth and cocaine with an estimated street value of $100,000 concealed inside a cooler. 

That's according to a news release sent to WDRB from Kentucky State Police. 

According to the release, it happened Jan. 15 when a state trooper conducting criminal patrol along Interstate 24 in Lyon County noticed a driver commit a traffic violation. After stopping the vehicle, the Trooper made contact with 34-year-old Naptali Juarez of Baxter,Tennessee, and his passenger, 34-year-old Fransisco Ortiz, 34 of Mesa, Arizona. After speaking with both men, criminal activity was indicated.

Another Trooper and Patrol K-9 "Oscar" arrived to assist with narcotics detection. After getting permission from the driver to search the vehicle, troopers located a cooler which appeared to have been tampered with.

The cooler contained food, but a closer examination revealed a false compartment between the outside and inside of the cooler that contained five pounds of marijuana, 10 ounces of cocaine and 1.1 pounds of methamphetamine.

Juarez and Ortiz were arrested and charged with trafficking in marijuana over five pounds, trafficking in cocaine and trafficking in methamphetamine.

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