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More than two pounds of cocaine confiscated on I-70

A fourth person was arrested this week by the Missouri State Highway Patrol for alleged drug trafficking. According to court documents, MSHP found more than two pounds of cocaine in Marko Skidanov’s vehicle while he was traveling on Interstate 70.

MSHP arrested three other people in two different encounters earlier in the week after they were found having marijuana nearing the amount of 200 pounds.

Skidanov was pulled over by a MSHP corporal after he was seen driving too closely to a tractor trailer near milemarker 101, according to court documents. Once the corporal pulled Skidanov over, he observed him to be shaking, and his chest was rising rapidly. The corporal asked Skidanov for permission to search the vehicle, and he consented.

Two hard-shelled pieces of luggage, with one of them being locked, were found in the trunk of the vehicle. Law enforcement found a laptop case inside the luggage, which contained a vacuum sealed package containing cocaine.

According to court documents, the cocaine and packaging weighed approximately 2.24 pounds. Skidanov is being held in the Cooper County Jail and is charged with second-degree drug trafficking and delivery of a controlled substance.

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