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  For Immediate Release: May 16, 2016
Contact: Lt. David Smith (614) 387-6112

Troopers seize $600,000 worth of cocaine in Madison County traffic stop


LONDON – A Chicago man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized more than 13 pounds of cocaine, worth approximately $600,000, following a traffic stop in Madison County.

Troopers stopped a rented 2016 Chrysler 200, with New Jersey registration, for a following too closely violation on Interstate 70, near milepost 72, at 9:37 a.m., on May 6. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the contraband.

The driver, Carlos Baltazar, 35, of Chicago, Ill., was incarcerated in the Multi-County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in cocaine, both first-degree felonies.

If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison and up to a $40,000 fine.

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