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Smith County deputy uncovers $800,000 worth of cocaine

Susan Annette Ferguson and Anselmo Guzman. Photo Source: Smith County Susan Annette Ferguson and Anselmo Guzman. Photo Source: Smith County

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - It is the largest cocaine bust in Smith County this year. Over $800,000 of pure cocaine was seized by the Smith County Sheriff's Department on Sunday.

Susan Ferguson and Anselmo Guzman were arrested for transporting thousands of dollars of cocaine through East Texas. Authorities say they were driving a Chevy Malibu when a Smith County sheriff's deputy pulled them over on I-20.

"That vehicle changed lanes without signaling and was doing some erratic behavior," explained Smith County Sheriff J.B. Smith.

He says Ferguson was driving. Guzman was the passenger.

"When he got the female back to his patrol vehicle and started asking her questions, she was very nervous, very evasive," said Smith.

Her story did not match up with Guzman's, either. They left Dallas and were on their way to North Carolina. The deputy searched the car and found 7.7 kilos of pure cocaine in a secret compartment.

"It doesn't sound like much, it doesn't look like much, but this is worth $800,000," said Smith.

Guzman told authorities he is from Guadalajara, Mexico and he is an illegal alien.

Ferguson calls North Carolina home.

"We don't feel like they were the dealers," said Smith. "They were simply the mules, carrying the substance from one point to another."

The sheriff says there was other precious cargo: Ferguson's little girl and Guzman's little boy.

"Of course, there's always a sad part to it," said Smith. "The little children always make us sad."

But, with the two in custody, the sheriff says it is a major deal for Smith County.

Anselmo and Ferguson have been charged with Aggravated Possession of Controlled Substance, a first degree felony. They are being held at the Smith County Jail.

The children are with Child Protective Services.

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