STURBRIDGE, Mass. (WWLP) - A routine traffic stop led state police to a kilo of cocaine hidden under a sweater, and more than $28,000 in cash.
According to a news release sent to 22News by State Police Media Relations, a trooper pulled over a livery van on I-84 in Sturbridge around 5:40 A.M. The van's driver, Ferilyn Holguin, 27, of New York, had an outstanding warrant for driving without a license, and he was arrested on that.
State police say that Holguin told one of his passengers, Ramon Suero, 40, of New York, to drive the van. Police discovered that Suero was hiding a kilo of cocaine under his sweater. The drugs were stored in six heat-sealed bags that were worn around his body like a bandoleer. He was arrested and charged with cocaine trafficking.
The street value of the drugs is estimated to be about $24,000.
Another passenger in the van, Manuel Perez,44, of Lawrence, was arrested on an outstanding warrant of his own for driving without a license.
Following the arrests, troopers searched the van, and found a black plastic bag containing $28,050 in cash.
Holguin was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Worcester District Court, while Suero and Perez are scheduled for arraignment at Dudley District Court.
State Police say that at the time of the traffic stop, the van was heading from New York City to Lawrence.