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Texas Man Caught With 10 Pounds Of Cocaine In Springdale

A Texas man faces a federal drug trafficking charge after police say they caught him with more than 10 pounds of coca...

Posted: Dec 8, 2017 5:05 AM
Updated: Dec 8, 2017 5:05 AM

A Texas man faces a federal drug trafficking charge after police say they caught him with more than 10 pounds of cocaine during an undercover sting operation.

Eloy Balderrama-Chavez of El Paso, Texas, was arrested Friday (Dec. 1) following a joint investigation between the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Springdale Police Department.

Balderrama-Chavez, 29, faces one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, according to federal court documents.

Investigators worked for two months to try and secure a shipment of cocaine from Mexico to Northwest Arkansas, where they planned to intercept the drugs.

DEA agents learned of a potential delivery on Friday after Balderrama-Chavez contacted a confidential police source. The agents and Springdale detectives met Balderrama-Chavez in Springdale, where he confirmed he had the cocaine.

Police then led Balderrama-Chavez to another pre-determined location in Springdale, where they made the arrest.

DEA agents found five kilogram-sized bundles of cocaine hidden inside a speaker box in the backseat of Balderrama-Chavez's car, according to court documents.

Balderrama-Chavez was being held without bond Wednesday (Dec. 6) at the Benton County Jail.

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