More than 200 pounds of cocaine seized, two Mexican nationals facing charges

Two men from Mexico are facing charges after authorities seized more than 200 pounds of cocaine.

Antonio Navarro-Gaytan and Alejandro Cota-Luna have been charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.

According to officials, authorities learned that a large tractor-trailer was intending to come to Cleveland to possibly deliver drugs or pick up money connected to dealing on September 2.

The trailer was found in the lot of a large commercial building at 17877 St. Clair Ave.  

Law enforcement said they spotted the defendants visit the lot, work on the trailer, and move items from their car to the trailer. 

After leaving the lot, the defendants were later pulled over for speeding. 

A search of the tractor trailer reveled 92  bricks, with each containing about one kilogram of cocaine. 

“Taking more than 200 pounds of cocaine off the streets helps make our community safer and stronger,” U.S. Attorney Carole S. Rendon said in an emailed statement. “The DEA, Cleveland Police and all the law enforcement agencies that worked on this case did an outstanding job.”


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