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SUSPICIOUS TROOPER FINDS COCAINE IN BAKED-BEANS CANS

A routine traffic stop turned into a major drug arrest for a Utah Highway Patrol trooper Friday afternoon.

Sgt. Lance Bushnell stopped a California man for speeding on I-70 outside of Salina, Utah, about 5 p.m.Bushnell said the man gave "conflicting stories" about who he was and where he was going, which aroused the officer's suspicion.

"One thing led to another, and (Sgt. Bushnell) discovered the cocaine in commercially sealed baked-beans cans," said UHP spokesman Verdi White.

The kilos of cocaine were cut in half and then sealed in the metal cans with bean labels. The cans were in a sealed cardboard box in the car, he said.

The sergeant said the method used to smuggle the drugs is "out of the ordinary."