FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — About $600,000 worth of cocaine was seized Sunday after a Florence County traffic stop, according to the Florence County Sheriff’s Office.
A commercial bus was pulled over on West Lucas Street just after 7 a.m. Sunday, according to the sheriff’s office.
A canine was used to sniff the outside of the bus and deputies discovered a bag of narcotics in the lower luggage compartment, according to the sheriff’s office.
Eight brick-shaped packages containing 20.3 pounds of cocaine was found in the bag, deputies said.
Deputies interviewed passengers on the bus, but no one claimed ownership, according to the sheriff’s office.
“The deputies went on the bus and asked if anyone owned that bag,” Major Mike Nunn said. “No one admitted that they owned the bag. Of course, there is not a whole lot that law enforcement can do if no one will admit it, so no arrests were made.”
Nunn said the area has major roads like I-95 and I-20 that come together in Florence County.
“It’s not surprising that in addition to the law-abiding motoring public, that sometimes the criminal element uses our roadways as well,” he said.
The cocaine was seized and the incident remains under investigation.
Nunn said deputies have recovered a lot of marijuana, meth, and cocaine in the past few months and years. He said deputies are also trained to look for signs of human trafficking in addition to illegal narcotics.
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