Cops: I-20 tailgating leads police to 20 kilos of cocaine in SUV

Two metro Atlanta men were arrested after highway troopers allegedly found 20 kilos of cocaine in their car.

Cobb County jail records showed Friday that Jose Alonso Garcia, of Austell, and Mark Giovanni Monroy, of Douglasville, had been in jail since their arrests Feb. 24 on felony drug trafficking charges.

Garcia was driving when a trooper pulled his black Chevrolet Equinox over on I-20 westbound at Six Flags Parkway about noon that Saturday, according to a warrant. Allegedly he was following other vehicles too closely.

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The trooper smelled raw marijuana in the SUV, so the trooper asked to search the vehicle, but Garcia refused. K-9 dog “Tek” then walked around the SUV and alerted officers that something was in there.

Inside, troopers allegedly found a duffel bag with 26 bundles of cocaine wrapped in black tape on the back floorboard behind the front passenger’s seat. The cocaine weighed about as much as a bench press bar.

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Troopers also reported finding a small bag of marijuana.

Both men are being held without bond, records show. Their next court date is March 20, according to the Cobb magistrate court database.

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