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K-9 unit finds 39 pounds of cocaine during I-20 traffic stop

Annette Alvarez. Photo Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Office. Annette Alvarez. Photo Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Office.

Released by Harrison County Sheriff's Department:

On January 8, 2012 at approximately 9:45 AM, Trooper Josh Roraback stopped a vehicle on I-20, Eastbound, for a traffic violation.

Upon contacting the driver of the vehicle, he believed he had a vehicle transporting illegal contraband. The information that the driver, Annette Alvarez, W/F/ 38, gave to the Trooper did not make sense. She stated she was going to Lake Charles, La. but was on the wrong highway.

She also made the statement to the Trooper that she though she was on I-10. Trooper Roraback contacted Harrison County K-9 deputy Randy Payne who came to the scene because the Trooper smelled what he believed to be fresh paint coming from the interior of the vehicle, as if the vehicle had been recently modified.

Deputy Payne arrived and also smelled what he believed to be fresh paint coming from the vehicles interior. Deputy Payne then conducted a walk-around of the vehicle with K-9 Rusty.

Rusty alerted on the right front fender. The Deputy and Trooper opened the hood and found a false compartment loaded with approximately 39 pounds of what appeared to be cocaine. The driver, Alvarez, was arrested and placed in jail; the vehicle was then impounded for evidence. Alvarez had with her a 13 year old female who was later identified as her daughter.

The daughter was released to Child Protective Services.

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