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Traffic stop results in $5 million drug seizure

(Traffic stop results in major drug bust)……An El Centro Police Sergeant made the traffic stop.

At 9:00 am Tuesday the Sergeant stopped a motorist for a routine traffic violation. During the interview, the Sergeant noticed three cell phones in the vehicle. Commander Jeff Mason says it is a common practice for people involved in the drug trade to possess several cell phones. A drug detection dog was called in from the Imperial Police Department. The k-9 alerted to the truck. A search of the vehicle revealed a false compartment. Officers searched the compartment and found 85 pounds of methamphetamine and 99 pounds of cocaine, with a street value of over $5 million. The driver of the vehicle, 26-year-old Miguel Angel Morales-Aguero of El Centro was arrested and charged with seven felony violations, including possession of a vehicle with a false compartment, possession of narcotics and transportation of narcotics. Mason says the driver was the registered owner of the vehicle. He was booked into County Jail, with his bail set at $2 million.