Alfredo Martinez

A Rio Grande City man was arrested near Kendleton on Wednesday after authorities discovered $1.4 million worth of cocaine hidden in his vehicle, according to a report.

Agents with the Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force, a multi-agency initiative of the Houston HIDTA, made the arrest during a traffic stop on U.S. 59 north, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department reported.

“During the roadside investigation, the task force officer and K-9 partner Spyke located 29 kilograms of cocaine concealed in an aftermarket-fabricated compartment, a spokes person for the sheriff’s department said.

“Our drug task force does an excellent job of tracking down illicit drug traffic on our highways, particularly U.S. 59,” said Sheriff Troy Nehls. “And we also have to give a lot of credit to the K-9 teams we have out there tracking these perpetrators down.”

Alfredo Martinez, 50, was arrested and booked into the Fort Bend County jail on first-degree felony charges of manufacturing and/or delivery of a controlled substance, punishable by up to life in prison and a $10,000 fine, and a second-degree felony charge of unlawful use of a criminal instrument, in this case the use of the after-market compartment to conceal an illegal substance, punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The cocaine had an estimated street level impact of more than $1.4 million, the sheriff’s department reported.

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