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3 arrested with $50K in cocaine after I-77 traffic stop

By Andrew Dys
adys@heraldonline.com
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    - courtesy of Marvin Brown
    A half kilo of cocaine worth $50,000 was seized Tuesday in York County.
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    Rodriguez-Urena
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    Vazquez-Valentin
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    Torro-Castro

ROCK HILL York County drug agents arrested three men on drug trafficking charges after seizing a half kilo of powder cocaine Tuesday after a traffic stop on Interstate 77, according to police.

The drugs have a street value of $50,000.

Agents on the drug interdiction team pulled over the car on I-77 northbound for speeding and another traffic offense and a drug dog found the drugs in a hidden compartment in the trunk, said Marvin Brown, commander of the York County Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit.

Allegedly the drugs were headed for the northeast, Brown said.

Eloy Eliqio Toro-Castro, 47, of Columbia; and Felix Maria Rodriguez-Urena, 48; and Rafael Antonio Vazquez-Valentin, 33, both of Pennsylvania, were charged with trafficking cocaine.

Torro-Castro also was charged with driving without a license.

Rodriguez-Urena and Vazquez-Valentin's bonds were set at $50,000.

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