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Seward County deputies seize 8.5 pounds of cocaine in Interstate 80 traffic stop, sheriff says

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Seward County sheriff's deputies who "became suspicious of criminal activity" amid an Interstate 80 traffic stop seized 8.5 pounds of suspected cocaine Monday afternoon, the agency said in a news release.

A deputy stopped the vehicle at about 12:30 p.m. Monday for multiple alleged traffic violations and radioed a K-9 unit after contacting the driver, 19-year-old Rodrigo Figueroa, of Santa Barbara, California.

Rodrigo Figueroa


The dog alerted deputies to the presence of drugs and deputies searched the vehicle, where they found the cocaine.

Deputies arrested Figueroa on suspicion of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver and violating the state's drug tax stamp law. He was taken to the Seward County jail.

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