Task Force seizes three kilos of cocaine during traffic stopBy Matt Cole Published 4:28pm Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Agents of the 17th Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force confiscated three kilograms of cocaine during a traffic stop in Greene County early Tuesday morning.
Dimas Juan Castillo, 28, and Benny Rivera, 28, both of Taft, Texas, were arrested following the traffic stop on I-20/59 in Greene County and taken to the Greene County Jail following the stop.
Task Force Commander Clint Sumlin said agents found the cocaine in the dash of a pickup in an aftermarket compartment during the stop.
“This was good for us to help keep the drugs from hitting the streets,” he said. “They were transporting the drugs from Texas to Virginia, and getting it like that during a routine traffic stop keeps it from hitting the streets.”
Sumlin said the drugs were worth about $90,000 wholesale, and the street value was around $200,000.
“Following the stop, the truck was towed and the two guys were taken to the Greene County jail,” Sumlin added. “We don’t have a lot of this in our area, so it was good to catch it when we had the opportunity.”
The case has been handed over to the Drug Enforcement Agency.
The task force, which was started by District Attorney Greg Griggers, is looking to receive grant funding from ADECA in the coming months.
The Greene County Sheriff’s Department and Eutaw Police Department were also on the scene for the stop.