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Rankin county deputies round up cocaine from stop

A Rankin County Interdiction Task Force Deputy with Pearl Police Department spotted a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe driving carelessly Monday night. The traffic stop quickly turned into a drug bust.

The suspects were identified as Cesar Moncivaiz Jr. (driver) from Harlingen, Texas and Eliecer Rodriguez-Morales (passenger) from Arlington, Texas.

The Interdiction Deputy was given consent to search the vehicle and located a duffle bag containing approximately 20 kilograms of cocaine.  According to the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department, the estimated street value in Mississippi would be approximately $620,000.

Monciviaz and Rodriguez-Morales are charged with aggravated trafficking.  They are being held in the Rankin County Jail without bond pending their initial appearance before Rankin County Court Judge Kent McDaniel.

The penalty for aggravated trafficking ranges from 25 years to life in prison, with 25 years as a mandatory minimum.

Photo courtesy Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey
Cesar Moncivaiz Jr.–Photo courtesy Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey
 Eliecer Rodriguez-Morales–Photo courtesy Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey

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