200 pounds of cocaine off streets in largest cocaine bust in Cleveland in more than a decade



CLEVELAND- Two men from Mexico are facing federal drugs charges after being arrested following one of the largest cocaine busts in Cleveland in the last decade.

A total of  92 Kilos of cocaine were confiscated Saturday by agents with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency along with Cleveland Police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

antonio"I was surprised we got that much cocaine here in Cleveland," said Keith Martin, of the Cleveland office of the DEA.

According to an affidavit filed in federal court, agents received information September 2 that a possible delivery of narcotics was going to be made behind a warehouse at 17877 St. Clair in Cleveland on Saturday.

Agents learned the drugs would be contained in a semi truck.  Early Saturday morning agents spotted two men pull behind the building on St.Clair .

"Investigators than watched
and Alejandro Cota-Luna appeared to work underneath the front of the trailer," the affidavit stated. "After appearing to work under the trailer for several minutes with flashlights , Navarro-Gaytan and Cota-Luna opened the trunk of the Nissan sedan and appeared to be taking items back and forth between the trunk and the are of the secret compartment underneath the trailer."

alejandroAgents searched the trailer and located 92 rectangular bricks in a secret compartment under the trailer.

After the men left, the Ohio State Patrol pulled the vehicle over for a traffic violation.

The two men were arrested and were arraigned in federal court Wednesday.

They both are due back in court next week.

"Taking more than 200 pounds of cocaine off the streets helps make our community safer," said US Attorney Carole Rendon .