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Missouri arrest nets cocaine valued at $1.6 million

ROLLA | Three people face charges after a traffic stop in central Missouri found cocaine with a street value of $1.6 million.

On Sunday, officers with the Phelps County Sheriff's Department stopped a tractor-trailer for a traffic violation on Interstate 44.

Deputies became suspicious and a drug-sniffing dog was brought in. The dog detected drugs in the tractor portion of the vehicle, where authorities found about 130 pounds of processed cocaine.

Arrested were the driver, 45-year-old Raul Perez Rodas of Desert Hot Springs, Calif., and two passengers, 30-year-old Rafael Herminio Molina-Vazuez of Philadelphia and 22-year-old Alayssa Melo of New York. All three were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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