State Police Say $30 Million in Cocaine Found in Truck Rolling Through St. Francis County

February 10, 2004 - Posted at 3:50 p.m. CDT

FORREST CITY, AR - Police say an estimated $30 million worth of cocaine was hidden in a tractor-trailer full of toys headed for Wal-Mart stores in North Carolina.

State Police pulled over the tractor-trailer Sunday on Interstate 40 near Forrest City, saying it was speeding.

Troopers said the truck's driver was cited for driving on a suspended license and that he and a passenger appeared nervous during the traffic stop, so officers asked for permission to search the rig.

According to police, officers found cocaine inside 12 boxes, each containing about 25 kilograms.  The total weight of the drugs is estimated at 300 kilograms, or 660 pounds.

Police charged Francisco Galvan of Lynwood, California, and his passenger Hector Aqwuilar-Corona of Tucson, Arizona.

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