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38 kilograms of cocaine seized

Dog sniffs out drugs in traffic stop

No one answered the telephone at Pull It Hard Trucking LLC Monday afternoon.

The company’s address is listed as 1415 E. Tillman Road, and its owner, according to information with the Indiana Secretary of State’s website, is Guadalupe Quintanilla.

Quintanilla couldn’t answer the phone because the 69-year-old man is currently in the Whitley County Jail, held without bond after police and federal investigators found 38 kilograms of cocaine tucked inside his semi truck Saturday evening.

The state police said in a release Monday the drugs had a street value of between $3 million to $4 million.

According to federal court documents filed Monday, Quintanilla was pulled over on U.S. 30 in Columbia City for “several traffic violations” by an Indiana State Police trooper. The trooper is also a member of the state police’s drug interdiction team and had a narcotics-detecting K-9 unit in his vehicle.

At 6:52 p.m., the trooper pulled Quintanilla over, directing him to a parking lot because of the weather and road conditions and conducted a routine inspection of the truck.

“Quintanilla was visibly shaking and appeared to be very nervous,” investigators wrote in court documents.

When the trooper walked around the truck with the K-9, the dog alerted to the presence of narcotics on both sides of the semi’s cab. Quintanilla gave them permission to look inside the truck, and they found a false floor with a hidden compartment behind the front seats, according to court documents.

Opening the compartment, they found 38 bricks of cocaine, wrapped in green cellophane, according to court documents.

Quintanilla, told an FBI agent who responded along with members of the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force he didn’t know who the cocaine was for, saying he just parked the truck and someone came and picked up the drugs, according to court documents.

He is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne today on a charge of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

rgreen@jg.net

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