ST. LOUIS COUNTY • Police and federal agents this week found 9 kilograms of cocaine hidden in the muffler of a pickup truck reportedly bound for the Gateway Arch.
Emilia Morales-Acosta, 34, is now facing a charge in U.S. District Court in St. Louis of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.
After being alerted March 26, the Gateway Smuggling Task Force followed a woman leaving a hotel along Interstate 44 and pulled her over for a traffic violation, charging documents say.
Both Morales-Acosta and her passenger said they were heading for the Arch. But Morales-Acosta appeared nervous and had also once been caught with 25 pounds of marijuana, Border Patrol agent Adam Peel wrote in an affidavit accompanying charging documents. A drug-sniffing dog also alerted on the vehicle, Peel wrote.
Agents took the truck to the Fenton city garage, where they discovered nine aluminum-wrapped bundles that contained roughly 9 kilos of cocaine, Peel wrote.
Charges against Morales-Acosta were filed the next day. No lawyer is listed for her.