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CHP arrest man on I-5 for cocaine

• Nine pounds in car worth about $100,000

Posted: June 5, 2008 2:48 a.m.
Updated: August 6, 2008 5:03 a.m.

A 22-year-old Washington man was arrested after a traffic stop Wednesday morning when CHP officers found nine pounds of cocaine and $100,000 in his car.

Omar Rojas, of Shoreline, Wash., was driving his 2003 Ford northbound on Interstate 5 near Templin Highway when California Highway Patrol officers pulled him over for having windows that were tinted too dark, according to a CHP report.

Officers impounded his car and issued Rojas a citation when they learned he was driving without a valid driver's license.
While taking an inventory of the car, the officers reportedly found the cocaine and cash.

Rojas was arrested, along with his passenger, Angel Mora Lopez, 27, of Aberdeen, Wash. The two were booked on felony charges and are being held at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station in lieu of $500,000 bail each.

They are scheduled to appear in court Friday.

The cocaine found in Rojas' car has a street value of anywhere from $72,500 to $85,000, depending on its purity, said Sgt. Phil Morris of the Sheriff's Station's Narcotics Division.

With the average dose of cocaine about .05 grams, Wednesday's seizure contained "quite a few doses," he said.


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