Crack cocaine intercepted on I-85



BUFORD — Police conducting a routine traffic stop on Interstate 85 in Buford this week discovered a shipment of crack cocaine, officials said.

The drugs weighed more than 7 ounces, roughly the size of a Big Mac, and could fetch about $20,000 on the streets, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Brian Kelly.

The crack was concealed behind the spare tire of a Chevrolet Aveo that officers with the highway interdiction team had stopped for a tag violation about 9 p.m. Wednesday near Hamilton Mill Road, Kelly said.

The vehicle’s occupants consented to a search, and when police smelled marijuana inside, they called in a K-9 that led them to the trunk, Kelly said.

Both occupants were arrested without incident. The driver, Taquilla Hart, 22, of Clarkston, is charged with obstruction for providing officers with a false name, Kelly said. She remained at the Gwinnett County Jail on $2,400 bond Thursday.

Police pinned charges of trafficking cocaine on the passenger, Kenzale Wise, 22, of Lithonia. He’s also charged with obstruction for giving police a bogus name, Kelly said.

Wise remains jailed without bond.

Their destination is unknown, Kelly said.