Traffic stop in Miss. leads to $100K cocaine bust, arrest of Reading man

Authorities believe men were on way from Texas to Pa. with drugs

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Published: Mar 13 2013 04:09:22 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 14 2013 06:29:59 AM EDT
Santos Martinez-Rodriquez
JACKSON, Miss. -

A traffic stop on Interstate 20 in Mississippi led to the discovery of $100,000 worth of cocaine and the arrests of two men, one of whom is from Reading.

Deputies pulled over a vehicle shortly after midnight Tuesday, said Othor Cain, with the Hinds County Sheriff's Department.

The deputies became suspicious while talking with the men in the vehicle and obtained a consent warrant to search the vehicle, said Cain, who noted that authorities discovered the drugs in a hidden compartment.

Santos Martinez-Rodriquez, , 49, of Reading, and Josue Melendez-Vasquez, 47, of Elizabeth, N.J., were arrested and charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute.

Police believe the two men were passing through Hinds County on the way to Pennsylvania from Texas.