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Camden County Sheriff's Office seizes 6 pounds of cocaine

Gerardo Lopez (Source: Camden County Sheriff's Office) Gerardo Lopez (Source: Camden County Sheriff's Office)
Source: Camden County Sheriff's Office Source: Camden County Sheriff's Office

Camden County Sheriff's Office deputies initiated a traffic stop on a silver Ford Focus early Thursday morning on I-95 southbound for failure to maintain proper lane of traffic.

The deputy asked the driver for his license and registration. The driver, Gerardo Anotonio Lopez, 40, of Miami, FL. showed the deputy a Honduran International driver's license and a rental agreement for the vehicle.

The subject on the rental agreement was not present in the vehicle, and the deputy had Lopez exit the vehicle. Lopez told the deputy he and his passenger were coming from Maryland where they had been for the past week visiting family,

The passenger stated they were coming from Virginia where they had been visiting cousins.

The deputy then asked for consent to search the vehicle and consent was granted. The deputy found two laundry detergent boxes in the rear floor boards in Wal-Mart bags.

After inspecting the boxes, the deputy noticed they had been opened and resealed. When asked about the ownership of the boxes, Lopez told the deputy they were his.

Lopez granted permission to open the boxes, and the deputy found three concealed plastic bags.

At the substation, the packages were opened and were wrapped in several Ziploc bags, aluminum foil, yellow mustard and brown packaging tape. Each package contained a hard, white, powdery substance that field tested as cocaine. The total weight of the cocaine seized was 6.53 pounds.

When interviewed by investigators, Lopez claimed ownership of all the packages and stated that his passenger did not know about them.

Lopez was arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine.

He currently remains in custody at the Camden County Jail.

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