An Egleston Square traffic stop turned into a major coke bust on Monday.
Police say they'd heard reports of a green Nissan minivan speeding on Brookside Avenue, according to a press release from the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office. When an officer saw a vehicle with that description, he tailed it and noticed a broken tail light. The van blew through a stop sign at School Street.
The officer pulled the vehicle over. He said the driver appeared "nervous and shaky" and copped to the bad brake light and not being the registered owner of the van.
The officer, being suspicious that the vehicle might have "contraband," called in a drug dog. The K-9 "hit" on an area of the front passenger side. Officers found a hidden compartment with what looked like blocks of drugs.
Later, after the van had been towed to the , officers found 10 one-kilogram blocks of cocaine. That's 22 pounds of cocaine.
Police arrested Elvyn Rafael Garcia, 31. At his arraignment on Monday, he was charged with trafficking in more than 200 grams of cocaine, violating the state’s drug laws in a school zone, and various civil motor vehicle infractions. The DA's office asked for $1 million cash bail but the Judge David Weingarten set bail at $30,000 and ordered Garcia to surrender his passport.