A traffic stop on I-80 resulted in the seizure of 55 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated three-quarters of a million dollars.
Lancaster County Chief Deputy Sheriff Todd Duncan says a drug dog detected the cocaine in a semi tractor-trailer stopped by a deputy Sunday night near the Highway 77 south interchange on Interstate 80.
“Deputies searched the truck and discovered approximately 25 kilograms of cocaine which would convert to about 55 pounds,” Duncan tells reporters during a media briefing. “The cocaine has an approximate street value of about $750,000.”
Deputies arrested 56-year-old Gustavo Zamora of San Gabriel, California and charged him with possession of illegal drugs with the intent to sell it.
Duncan praises the work of the drug dog handler.
“We’re pretty excited about this, this is a really nice job by our canine handler deputy and we feel that taking this large amount of cocaine off the streets and out of our community is a really great public safety accomplishment,” according to Duncan.
Duncan says such drug busts are important.
“There is a definite nexus between illegal drugs in our community and violent crime, and especially when we’re talking about cocaine in this quantity,” Duncan says. “So, great job by this deputy and we’re very excited about this arrest”
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this story.