Ernest Ortuno-Hernandez, 29, of Roswell
Photo: Fulton County Jail
Photo: Fulton County Jail

North Fulton traffic stop leads to $1.3M cocaine seizure, police say

A Roswell man was indicted on drug trafficking charges after a traffic stop led police to find $1.3 million of cocaine in his possession, according to documents obtained by Channel 2 Action News.

Police in Sandy Springs pulled over Ernest Ortuno-Hernandez, 29, on June 26 on Ga. 400 near Hammond Drive. Police stopped him in his pickup truck for “following too closely,” police told Channel 2.

He faces that traffic charge in addition to charges of possession of a firearm during commission of a felony and trafficking in cocaine.

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A K-9 alerted officers to drugs in his car. After searching, police found an Adidas duffel bag containing three kilos of cocaine hidden in a box of Belvita crackers.

That discovery led police to Ortuno-Hernandez’s apartment, where they found an additional 20 kilos of cocaine hidden in an air vent in the bathroom. Police also seized a handgun from his Roswell home. Another 20 kilos of cocaine was found in a Toyota Rav4 outside his home.

Sandy Springs Police declined to answer further questions about the arrest, citing an ongoing investigation.

Ortuno-Hernandez is still being held in a Fulton County jail without bond.

He is expected to be arraigned at the end of July, Channel 2 reported.


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