A Lauderdale County deputy made one of the largest drug seizures in the county’s history Friday night, authorities said.

At about 11 p.m., a deputy stopped a vehicle traveling east on Interstate 20/59, according to Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun. With the help of a drug dog, a search was conducted on the vehicle and a large quantity of cocaine was discovered.

“While it has not been officially weighed yet, we estimate the amount to be about 30 kilos, which would put the estimated street value of the drugs at about $3 million,” Calhoun said.

“This is one of the largest seizures of cocaine we have ever had in Lauderdale County. We have had other, smaller amounts of drugs seized before but never anything this big and certainly nothing that big on the cocaine side.”

The last drug seizure comparable in size occurred in September, when authorities seized 60 pounds of marijuana.

Calhoun said the suspect was traveling alone, though authorities are not sure where he was headed, Calhoun said. No charges had been filed Sunday.

“The sheriff’s department is working with federal authorities as well as the local district attorney’s office to determine the most appropriate charges to be filed,” Calhoun said. “Once we have done that, the suspect’s identity will be released. We expect formal charges to be filed Monday.”

Calhoun said the drugs, like all seizures by local authorities, are being kept in an undisclosed, secure, perpetually monitored location.

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