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Roughly 97 pounds of cocaine seized by Rankin County deputies, 2 men arrested

Fernando Santiago-Arcuri, left and Mario Robledo-Jaurigi, right (courtesy of the Rankin County Sheriff's Office)

Rankin County deputies have seized 44 kilograms, or roughly 97 pounds, of cocaine.

According to Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey, on Monday, a deputy with the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Interdiction Team conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 20 for a traffic violation.

44 kilos cocaine
Photo courtesy of the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office

During the interaction, the deputy became suspicious of the driver and the passenger after hearing different stories from both and requested a police K-9.

Another deputy arrived with his K-9 officer named Fox, who alerted on the vehicle. Roughly 44 kilograms were discovered hidden inside of the vehicle.

Both he driver, 50-year-old Mario Robledo-Jaurigi, and the passenger, 50-year-old Fernando Santiago-Arcuri, were arrested for aggravated trafficking of a controlled substance and were transported to the Rankin County Jail.

The case surrounding these two men is ongoing.

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