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DRUG BUST: Traffic stop nets cocaine

February 4, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A truck driver was arrested Saturday night by the Indiana State Police after officials found 38 kilograms (84 pounds) of cocaine in his trailer.

Guadalupe Quintanilla, 69, of Fort Wayne, was stopped on U.S. 30 at approximately 7:05 p.m., after police observed the semi committing a traffic violation, in the eastbound lane east of Ind. 9, as well as having an equipment violation.

The tractor-trailer was pulled over, and as ISP troopers spoke with the Quintanilla they became suspicious of potential criminal activity. A K-9 was summoned to sniff around the trailer, and alerted police to potential drugs inside. According to a press release from the ISP, Quintanilla gave permission for troopers to search the trailer, where they found 38 individually-wrapped packages containing white powder, which was later identified as cocaine.

The amount has an approximate street value of $3 to $4 million. Quintanilla was taken into custody and incarcerated in the Whitley County Jail without bond.

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