2 suspects arrested after nearly 150 pounds of cocaine found during Arizona traffic stop

May 27, 2022, 8:00 PM

(Arizona DPS Photo) (Arizona DPS Photo) Albi Naska (Arizona DPS Photo) Victor Nikitin (Arizona DPS Photo)

PHOENIX — Two suspects were arrested after nearly 150 pounds of cocaine were recovered during a traffic stop in Arizona, authorities said Friday.

Troopers pulled over a 2017 Volvo commercial vehicle with a trailer on eastbound Interstate 8 near Gila Bend on May 18, according to a press release from the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

A narcotics dog sniffed out what turned to be 144.6 pounds of cocaine that was concealed in the truck’s sleeper-berth closet, DPS said.

The driver, 36-year-old Albi Naska, and his passenger, 38-year-old Victor Nikitin, were arrested.

Both men, who are Canadian, were booked into Maricopa County Jail on charges include possession, transportation and sale of a narcotic drug.

No other information was available.

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2 suspects arrested after nearly 150 pounds of cocaine found during Arizona traffic stop