17 kilos of cocaine seized by Fayette County Narcotics K-9 Unit

Traffic stop leads to vehicle search

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FAYETTE COUNTY, Texas – On Wednesday, May 12, Sheriff Keith Korenek reported that the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Canine Unit, Sgt. Randy Thumann and K-9 partner Kolt stopped a Ford F-350 on Interstate 10 at the 667 mile-marker at approximately 12:25 p.m. for a traffic violation. Fayette County Deputy Olvera was on site to assist with the stop.

Alfredo Cabrera, 48, of Eagle Pass was arrested for Felony drug possession and taken to the Dan R. Beck Justice Center after a vehicle search led to approximately 17 kilos of cocaine, with an estimated value of $1,700,000, removed from a compartment in the vehicle.

During the traffic stop, Sgt. Thumann became suspicious of the vehicle after speaking with the driver. He believed the vehicle was being used to smuggle narcotics. Thumann was given consent to conduct a search.

Sgt. Thumann deployed his canine Kolt to perform an exterior sweep of the vehicle. He observed Kolt’s alertness to the odor of illegal narcotics, as the search revealed an after-market compartment built into the dash.

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An electric motor was used to gain access through the airbag in the passenger dash to remove the narcotics.