Cocaine worth $100,000 seized

Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Brockett displays a brick of cocaine seized during a traffic stop outside of Melrose Wednesday night. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson)

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff

A Curry County Sheriff’s deputy discovered more than two pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop about 11 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. 60/84 east of Melrose, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller.

The drugs were valued at around $100,000, Waller said.

Two Albuquerque men were arrested and are being held on $25,300 bond each at the Curry County Adult Detention Center, according to jail officials.

Efrain Fierro, 24, and Alex Verela, 19, are charged with trafficking cocaine, a release said.

Deputy Michael Brockett said after stopping the vehicle for speeding, Fierro and Verela acted suspiciously. Receiving consent to search the vehicle, Brockett said he found the drugs wedged behind a speaker box in the trunk.

Statements made by suspects indicate the cocaine was bound for sale in Clovis, according to the release.

An investigation is being conducted into the origin of the drugs and their planned destination, Waller said.

A deputy with the sheriff’s office for five years, Brockett said it was his biggest drug bust.

“I was definitely surprised,” he said. “Now I’m excited, I want to go out and run more traffic to see what else I can find,” he said with a smile.

Waller, a retired state police officer who took over as undersheriff this month, said the amount of drugs seized is unusual.

“I’m not aware of one of this size within the last few years — Its not often that you find that much quantity,” Waller said.