Authorities say they seized at least $2 million in suspected cocaine during a traffic stop in Alabama.
Melissa Dufour, of Miramar, Florida, and Racquelle Anteola, of Van Nuys, California, were arrested for cocaine trafficking, according to the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Paul Burch said, “We are sending a clear message — we are looking for those who are trafficking drugs to our area and will do everything in our power to stop you from bringing it here.”
On Thursday, at about 9:30 a.m., the sheriff’s office and the U.S. Border Patrol arrived on the scene.
“During a roadside interview, both females told conflicting stories about their travel plans,” according to the sheriff’s office. “The MCSO narcotics K9 was deployed and detected the presence of narcotics.”
More than 217 pounds of suspected cocaine, with an estimated street value of $2.1 million, were discovered inside the car, according to authorities, who claimed to have discovered “several hidden traps” in the floorboard and side walls of the vehicle.
The investigation is still being conducted in collaboration with the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Border Patrol.