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.
A search uncovered 12 bundles of pure, uncut cocaine hidden in compartments that had been built into the front and rear bumpers of the car, according to the sheriff.
The street value of the cocaine would be based on how many times it was cut before it hit the streets, he stated in the release, but it is estimated to be $1 million to $1.5 million.
Cocaine sells for $100 to $150 a gram, according to the sheriff.
Reyes was taken to the Canadian County sheriff's office where he was questioned by Canadian County investigators and U.S. Homeland Security officers. He was booked into the Canadian County jail and will be turned over to federal authorities.
“We felt like given the amount of drugs he had and the fact Reyes transported them across several state lines, we would turn it over to the feds to prosecute,” the sheriff said. “He will receive a much stiffer sentence and serve the entire time that he is sentenced to in federal court.”