EL RENO — A traffic stop on Interstate 40 netted 12 pounds of pure cocaine worth $1 million to $1.5 million on the streets, officials said Friday.
It is one of the biggest cocaine busts in Canadian County history, Sheriff Randall Edwards said in a news release.
Oklahoma City remains a crossroads for drug trafficking and cocaine seizures are on the increase, said Mark Woodward, spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control.
“We are considered very valuable territory for drug cartels and traffickers,” Woodward said. “We have seen an increase in cocaine trafficking seizures in the last few years because its popularity in the United States is going up.”
According to the news release issued Friday, sheriff's deputy Lt. Jason Glass stopped a car with Texas license plates on a lane change violation about 8:40 a.m. Thursday on I-40 in El Reno.
The driver, Reynaldo Reyes Jr., 44, of Amarillo, Texas, told Glass he was going to Kansas City, Mo. He appeared nervous, so the deputy brought his K-9 partner, Gunner, to sniff around the car, the release states. The drug dog alerted deputies to the scent of narcotics.