Trucker and Passenger Arrested in $4 MILLION Drug Trafficking Bust
Bucks County, PA – A trucker and his passenger are facing a slew of drug-related charges after a traffic stop last month led to the discovery of more than $4 million of narcotics and cash.
Christian Ochoa, 28, of Laredo, TX, was driving a Jeep in Bedminster Township on Friday, January 29, when Bedminster Township police officer James Zukow observed the vehicle swerving erratically.
According to Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub, Zukow then initiated a traffic stop and questioned Ochoa.
Ochoa told Zukow that he was a trucker and was just “passing through” the area.
Edith Rodriguez Cardenas, 27, of Huntington Park, CA, was traveling with Ochoa at the time.
The trucker consented to a search of the vehicle, Weintraub told a group of assembled press last week.
During an initial search of the Jeep authorities discovered $1.2 million worth of cocaine, fentanyl and heroin.
Ochoa and Cardenas were taken into custody and charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, conspiracy to commit possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
However, during the course of further investigation into the drug trafficking operation, investigators traced a tractor-trailer registered to Ochoa Transport Services to the Trexler Truck Stop in Upper Macungie Township, a suburb of Allentown in Lehigh County.
A Central Bucks Regional Police K-9 alerted to the presence of narcotics in the rig and police obtained a warrant to search the vehicle.
The subsequent search, which occurred on Wednesday, February 3, led to the discovery of another stash of fentanyl, heroin, 962 Percocet tablets, and 60 Xanax pills valued at more than $2.7 million, according to Weintraub.
That’s not all though.
Investigators also seized six cellphones, a handgun and $43,000 in cash from the semi-truck.
In addition to the charges from Bucks County, charges are also pending from Lehigh County authorities.
Weintraub also indicated the drugs were headed to New York as part of a much larger trafficking operation.
Ochoa and Cardenas are currently being held at the Bucks County Correctional Facility on $1 million bail each.
According to Ochoa’s LinkedIn profile, he is an owner operator leased to KLLM.
Photos courtesy Bucks County DA’s Office