Troopers: Central NY Thruway stop uncovers two kilos of cocaine; Hidden inside boxes of Lucky Charms

The cereal boxes and what state police said was inside the boxes (insets). Credits: New York State Police (insets); File (Background)

The cereal boxes and what state police said was inside the boxes (insets). Credits: New York State Police (insets); File (Background)

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VERONA – A weekend traffic stop on the Thruway in Central New York netted two kilograms of cocaine found hidden inside two cardboard boxes of Lucky Charms cereal, state police said.

The stop also resulted in the arrest of the driver, a Massachusetts man, on felony drug charges, state police said.

The stop happened on Interstate 90 at about 1:45 a.m. Saturday in the town of Verona. Troopers stopped the driver for a vehicle and traffic violation, state police said.

After interviewing the driver, troopers gained probable cause to search the vehicle and occupants. The search then found the driver, identified as Jahn Rentas, 23, of Worcester, Mass., in possession of about 4.5 pounds of cocaine split into the two cereal boxes, state police said.

A state police release did not indicate Rentas’ direction of travel.

Rentas was arrested and charged with one count of first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony.

He was held pending arraignment. Results of the arraignment were not included in the release.

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