Motorist arrested after cocaine found


A 25-year-old Stock Island man was arrested Sunday night after nearly five ounces were found in the engine compartment of sport-utility-vehicle he was driving.


Andrew Hernandez was charged with trafficking cocaine.

Deputy Alex Fierro stopped a southbound Cadillac on U.S. 1 near Mile Marker 32 near the Bahia Honda Bridge for an obstructed license plate at approximately 7:15 p.m. The driver was identified as Hernandez. A male adult passenger was not charged in the incident. Hernandez appeared very nervous. Other Deputies and K9 Coral responded. K9 Coral alerted to drugs in the SUV.


4.8 ounces of cocaine were found in plastic bags under the air filter box in the engine compartment. Hernandez stated all the cocaine was his.


Hernandez was taken to jail.