Officer looks in bag with women’s clothing and finds six packs of cocaine, PD says


BROWNSVILLE, Texas (ValleyCentral) – A man and a woman were arrested after a traffic stop led to the discovery of six packages of cocaine, Brownsville police said.

Xiomara Estefania Salazar, 24, and Rafael Navarrette, 25, were arrested Thursday at the 2100 block of Paredes Line Road for manufacturing/delivering a controlled substance and endangering a child, according to the Brownsville Police Department .

Officers conducted a traffic stop on a black Ford F-150 for multiple traffic violations. The driver, identified by police as Navarrette, was avoiding eye contact and shaking his hands, police said.

Police noted a woman was in the passenger seat, identified as Salazar, and two children in the backseat. Navarrette had no driver’s license or insurance and was changing her story, police said.

When officers searched the vehicle, they noticed a bag on the passenger side floor. During this time, Salazar was “shaking and acting nervously,” police said.

(Brownsville Police Department)

The officer asked to see the bag and there was a layer of women’s clothing. The officer moved the top layer of clothing and found six packages of cocaine wrapped in brown duct tape, police said.

“Both suspects refused to cooperate and requested an attorney,” police said.

Police said Navarrette and Salazar were transported to Brownsville Jail and the children were released to a family member.

Navarrette and Salazar each received bail totaling $90,000.


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