Texas man arrested near Louisville after more than 100 pounds of cocaine seized

Jeffersontown Police provided an update on the arrest of a southern Texas man taken into custody following a large seizure of cocaine near Louisville.
Published: Mar. 9, 2023 at 8:51 AM EST|Updated: Mar. 9, 2023 at 1:49 PM EST
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JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. (WAVE) - A southern Texas man was arrested after the seizure of 50 kilograms of cocaine just outside Louisville, Kentucky.

The Jeffersontown Police Department took 44-year-old Brownsville resident Eduardo Javier Tapia into custody on Wednesday.

Jeffersontown Police Chief Richard Sanders said the street value for the cocaine would have been worth more than $5 million.

According to an arrest citation, officers noticed Tapia was driving a truck with a cracked front windshield. Police said when he pulled into a parking lot, he told officers that he was checking into a hotel.

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The arrest citation also stated that the officers asked him to search the truck, where he immediately declined and became upset. An officer immediately requested a K-9 drug dog.

K-9 officer Maya gave a positive alert on his truck where the officers found the cocaine.

“I think it’s appropriate that we demonstrate the kind of police work that’s being done out there every day on the streets of Louisville and Jeffersontown,” Sanders said. “It’s ironic that this all happened about the same time the Attorney General of the United States was telling everyone how poorly we were doing here. This is an example of the great work that’s being done every day.”

Sanders said Jeffersontown PD is working with the FBI on the investigation to determine where the drugs came from.