Police: Rock Hill truck driver stashed marijuana, cocaine in hot sauce shipment

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comMarch 21, 2014 

— A Rock Hill man faces drug charges in New Mexico after authorities there say he and another man stashed more than 130 pounds of marijuana and several kilograms of cocaine in a semi-truck also carrying a shipment of hot sauce for Church’s Chicken.

An officer with the New Mexico Department of Public Safety’s motor transportation police inspected the truck on March 14 at the port of entry in Gallup, N.M., found on the eastbound side of Interstate 40 along the border between Arizona and New Mexico, according to a news release.

The truck belongs to a Carolinas-based cargo company, authorities said. Inside the truck, police found hot sauce set for delivery to Church’s Chicken. They also found 136 pounds of marijuana in the box trailer and a kilo of cocaine in the sleeper, along with a second bundle of cocaine weighing about 3 pounds.

Rock Hill’s Javaris Blake, 33, and Cedric Byrd, of California, were both arrested and charged with trafficking a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute. Police say Blake was the truck’s driver.

Both men were booked into the McKinley County Detention Center in Gallup, N.M., the release states. It’s unclear if Blake is still held there. Efforts to reach the cargo company were not immediately successful Friday morning.

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