Sheriff's deputies working with federal agents arrested four drug trafficking suspects, seizing seven kilograms of cocaine bound for Anderson County in the process, authorities said Friday.
Based on a joint investigation with Homeland Security Investigations, Anderson County Sheriff's Lt. Sheila Cole said agents were able to stop four Hispanic males in two vehicles on Interstate Boulevard near Interstate 85 at Exit 19.
The vehicles — a maroon GMC Sierra truck and black Mazda sedan — had out-of-state tags, according to Cole. A search of both vehicles yielded seven kilos, or 15.4 pounds of cocaine.
"This was a major drug bust,” said Sheriff John Skipper, who estimated the shipment's street value at nearly $700,000. "That’s a lot of illegal drugs that will never impact our families in the Upstate.”
The suspects were arrested without incident and transported to the Anderson County Detention Center, where they were charged with trafficking, Cole said.
The suspects are residents of Marietta, Georgia, and Houston, Texas, Cole said. Their names couldn't be confirmed through warrants.
All four remained in federal custody Friday.