Bluffton man arrested after Louisiana police find 56 pounds of cocaine in his car

July 7, 2009 

A 28-year-old Bluffton man was arrested Monday in West Monroe, La., after police found 56 pounds of cocaine hidden in a false compartment in his car.

Miguel Duran-Gonzalez of 12 Grove Way later told officers that he was hired to deliver the drugs to South Carolina.

Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner said Tuesday that he was told of the arrest, but said he could not comment further.

Duran-Gonzalez was pulled over by Ouachita Parish Sheriff's deputies at about 11 a.m. Monday after he crossed the white fog line while driving east on Interstate 20, an Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office report said.

Duran-Gonzalez appeared nervous while speaking with deputies and consented to a search of his Honda CRX, the report said.

During that search, the deputy noticed an "abnormality to the underside" of the car, the report said.

When deputies were opened the false compartment, located between the back seat and gas tank, theyfound 23 packages of cocaine that weighed about 56 pounds, the report said. The drugs were worth about $2.3 million.

Duran-Gonzalez told deputies he knew the drugs had been stashed in the car, and that he had been paid to deliver the cocaine to South Carolina, the report said.

It is unclear where Duran-Gonzalez picked up the drugs or where they were to be delivered.

He was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, the booking report said. He is being held at the Ouachita Parish Correction Center on a $500,000 bond, the jail log said.

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