Pair arrested Tuesday, charged with transporting 8 lbs. cocaine from California

(ABC 6 News) – A husband and wife from California appeared in Olmsted County Court Wednesday on charges of transporting cocaine across state borders, as well as 1st-degree drug possession and drug sale.

Jorge Arreola, 45, and Noemi Cervantes, 35, of Colton, CA were arrested at around 4 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, after a trooper with the Minnesota State Patrol noticed their car had no front license plate and nearly opaque windows, according to court documents. The car, which was pulled over on I-90 in Olmsted County, was also filled with air fresheners, which the trooper found suspicious.

According to court documents, Arreola told the trooper he was traveling from California to Georgia.

The trooper asked for permission to search the vehicle, received it, and allegedly found a metal straw with cocaine residue on it near the driver’s seat.

Arreola was arrested and the car was towed to another location to complete a search, as the outdoor temperature was below zero Tuesday morning.

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According to court documents, law enforcement located a false dash compartment containing more than 8 pounds of presumptive cocaine.

Cervantes was also arrested and said Arreola was her husband, and that the two of them had driven from California.