By Brian Livingston / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Meridian Star
Meridian Police Department authorities said Thursday afternoon two New Jersey men who were being held in connection with the discovery of 10 kilos of cocaine in their 18-wheeler cab have been charged.
Lt. John Griffith, executive officer for the MPD, said Thursday 35-year-old Wellington Y. Diaz, and his brother, 33-year-old Felipe Diaz, have been charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute more than one kilo. Bond for each man was placed at $200,000.
Tuesday night an Interstate Criminal Enforcement (ICE) officer found the drugs in the cab of the 18-wheeler after the officer conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 20 east of Meridian. The traffic stop occurred at about 10:50 p.m. as the big rig was traveling east out of Meridian toward Alabama.
MPD Chief James Lee said the officer found the cocaine while inspecting the 18-wheeler. Lee said the value of the cocaine as packaged was estimated at $350,000 but added if it had been cut and distributed, the street value would have been much higher.
The semi-truck was impounded as evidence in the case, while the trailer, filled with rice and noodles, was to be picked up by the company that owns the load, Lee said.