Fayette County Deputy, K9 discover $5M in cocaine at traffic stop

Fayette County $5 million bust

FAYETTE COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — During a traffic stop Friday morning, Jan. 18, a Fayette Couty Deputy and his K9 partner discovered $5 million in cocaine hidden in a vehicle.

According to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, at 11:34 a.m. Sgt. Randy Thumann and K9 partner Kolt pulled over a vehicle, a Mazda CX-9, for a traffic violation on Interstate Highway 10.  

Thumann reported that during the stop he noticed inconsistencies with the driver’s travel itinerary, as well as indicators on the vehicle that suggested narcotics trafficking. According to the report, the driver, 50-year-old Francisco Rangel Rodriguez, gave Thumann consent to search the vehicle. During the search, Thumann discovered the seats in the car were modified as compartments to conceal narcotics.

Thumann found approximately 50 kilograms of cocaine in the vehicle, which adds up to a street value $5 million. Rodriguez was arrested on a drug possession charge and sent to the Dan R. Beck Justice Center. 

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