Jeffco Sheriff's deputies make $5.4 million cocaine bust

By Melanie Posey

JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Members of the Jefferson County Highway Safety Unit made a major drug bust Tuesday night.  They discovered 90 kilos of cocaine stashed in the roof of a tractor trailer rig.  It happened along 1-20 East near Leeds.

Deputies stopped the rig for a traffic violation and found the drugs in a hidden compartment.  Authorities arrested 34-year old Juan Rios of McAllen, Texas for trafficking cocaine.  But Sheriff Mike Hale says Rios will not tell officials the name of his supplier.

"But I must admit, we do enjoy hitting them where it hurts.  And I am guessing 5.4 million dollars worth of street value is painful," Hale said during a news conference Wednesday.  He says he believes the drugs are connected to Mexican Cartels and that Rios was headed to the east coast.

Rios is being held in the Jefferson County jail on no bond.

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