Canadian cocaine cowboys collared

Troopers arrest two Canadians after more than 144 pounds of cocaine found concealed in commercial vehicle on I-8

Contributed Photo/Courtesy AZDPS: Driver Albi Naska, left, and passenger, Victor Nikitin, were both booked into Maricopa County Jail on drug transportation charges.

Contributed Article/Courtesy AZDPS

GILA BEND – On the night of Wednesday, May 18, an Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) sergeant initiated a traffic stop on a 2017 Volvo commercial motor vehicle with a commercial trailer on eastbound Interstate 8 at milepost 107, west of Gila Bend.

Contributed Photo/Courtesy DPS: Troopers located 144.6 pounds of cocaine hidden in the truck’s sleeper compartment.

During the traffic stop, the sergeant observed multiple indicators of criminal activity. Following a positive alert by an AZDPS narcotics detection canine, the sergeant located 144.6 pounds of suspected cocaine concealed in the truck’s sleeper-berth closet.

The suspect driver, 36-year-old Albi Naska, and his passenger, 36-year-old Victor Nikitin, both residents of Ontario, Canada, were arrested and booked into the Maricopa County Jail on charges including possession, transportation, and sale of a narcotic drug.

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