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07/21/03

Ridgeland PD Seizes 70 Pounds of Cocaine

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Ridgeland police confiscated 30 one-kilo bricks of cocaine. Ridgeland police confiscated 30 one-kilo bricks of cocaine.

In what they're calling the biggest drug bust in Jasper County history, authorities seized about 70 pounds of cocaine, with a street value of about $4.2 million. Ridgeland police say 34-year-old David Simon of Miami, Florida, has 30 one-kilo bricks of cocaine in his duffel bag in the trunk of his car when he was pulled over yesterday morning on I-95.

"That ought to show you the amount of drugs that are out there," said Chief Richard Woods of the Ridgeland PD. "The DEA estimates we get one percent."

The last drug bust even close to this size in Jasper County was 20 kilos, and that was about seven years ago, also on I-95.

"It's not a trend, it's been going on for 20 years," said Chief Woods. "It's a pipeline."

"This is the result of getting a lot of things together, and the result of a lot of hard work," said local councilman Gary Hodge. "It's a lot more complicated than it seems."

Police say the drugs had been on their way from Colombia, South America to Columbia, South Carolina under the direction of a drug cartel based out of Miami. It was found by a Ridgeland K-9 named Tony, who's had hundreds of busts before, but this is easily his biggest.

Reported by: Chris Cowperthwaite, ccowperthwaite@wtoc.com

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