Multiple traffic infractions, a nervous driver and inconsistent stories between the driver and passenger led to the discovery of an estimated 13 pounds of cocaine in the trunk of a car on the Thruway in Rotterdam last weekend, according to court papers.
The incident began just after 2 p.m. Saturday when a state trooper spotted the car in the westbound lane of Interstate 90 and pulled it over after noting several traffic infractions.
The age of the driver, identified as Carlos J. Morales, was unavailable, but officials identified him as being from the Rochester area.
Morales “acted very nervous” when first speaking to the trooper, the trooper observed. The trooper then interviewed both the driver and passenger.
Their accounts of where they had been and for how long did not match up.
The trooper called in a drug-sniffing dog, which alerted his handler at both the driver and passenger side doors, as well as the trunk, according to papers.
Told what the dog’s nose indicated, Morales allegedly responded that he had a “little bud in a gym bag on the passenger-side floorboard.”
A search uncovered the bag with a quantity of marijuana.
Before checking the trunk, the trooper asked Morales if anything was in there. He allegedly responded that there wasn’t. Inside, though, troopers found about 13 pounds of cocaine packaged in brick-style bundles in a duffel bag, according to police.
Morales made his first appearance in U.S. District Court in Albany on Tuesday afternoon and was ordered held.