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Troopers find 40 pounds of cocaine during I-20 traffic stop

From Staff Reports
Feb. 28, 2012 at 10:12 a.m.


A Georgia woman was arrested Monday morning on Interstate 20 after troopers found more than 40 pounds of cocaine.

Department of Public Safety officials arrested Vickie Ann Watts, 38, of Statesboro, Ga. at about 8:45 a.m. Monday after stopping her for a traffic violation.

Officials said Watts was charged with possession of a controlled substance and marijuana. Her passenger, 52-year-old Herman Rainey, of Newark, N.J., was also arrested for possession of marijuana.

Trooper Jacob Muehlstein said Watts appeared to be nervous during the traffic stop and the details about why she was traveling through Texas were suspicious.

Muehlstein said Rainey also appeared to be nervous during the traffic stop.

After the two suspects gave the trooper consent to search their vehicle, Muehlstein found an area on the vehicle that he said "appeared suspicious and could be a space to conceal contraband," he said in the arrest report.

The trooper said when he drilled a hole into the area, the drill bit had a white powder substance on it, later identified as cocaine.

Muehlstein said investigators later determined that the compartment had an electronic door, where 24 bundles of cocaine, weighing 40.88 pounds, was found.

Watts told the trooper the cocaine was hers and Rainey had nothing to do with it. During a search of the vehicle, a small amount of marijuana was also found, which both suspects admitted to having.

Watts remained jailed Tuesday on $250,500. Rainey remained jailed on $500 bond.

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