Two men were arrested Tuesday night on the Blue Grass Parkway after Kentucky State Police found several pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine in their vehicle.
Javier Alelandro Cela Torres, 31, and Jose Angel Cardenas Rodriguez, 26, are charged with first offense, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance — cocaine and first offense, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance — methamphetamine.
The men are being held in lieu of $75,000 cash bonds in the Hardin County Detention Center.
According to KSP, Torres is from Sonora, Mexico and Rodriguez is listed as from Mexico with no town listed. The detention center lists the men from Phoenix, Arizona.
According to an arrest citation, KSP found nearly five pounds of cocaine and about 11 pounds of methamphetamine in a 2017 Chevrolet Equinox the men were in.
They were traveling northbound on Interstate 65 Tuesday when a trooper noticed heavy window tint on the vehicle. The vehicle then turned onto the Blue Grass Parkway without using a signal at the 93-mile marker.
When KSP stopped the vehicle near the 20-mile marker in Nelson County, the trooper smelled an odor of alcohol and saw a six-pack of beer on the passenger front floor board. According to the citation, a warning was going to be issued for the traffic stop.
However, Torres, the driver of the Equinox, was “very fidgety” and kept receiving multiple phone calls in a span of a few minutes, the citation stated.
When permission to search the vehicle was granted, KSP found the drugs in a speaker box, under a rear cargo compartment mat and inside fender wells.
Torres and Rodriguez were scheduled to appear Wednesday in Hardin District Court.