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Man arrested after wrapped ‘Christmas gifts’ turn out to be cocaine, meth

Jan 10, 2024, 5:37 PM | Updated: 5:45 pm

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A Utah County man who police believe was under the influence of drugs is facing criminal charges for allegedly flooding an Orem hotel. (File photo Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for UNITAS)

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(CNN) — Law enforcement arrested a 55-year-old man after police say wrapped “Christmas packages” turned out to be several dozen pounds of drugs.

On Dec. 23, an officer with the Criminal Interdiction Team of Central Oklahoma stopped an SUV for speeding near Interstate 40 and Peebly Road. Police said the officer saw several wrapped Christmas packages in the vehicle.

After investigating, officers learned that the “gifts” were wrapped bundles of cocaine and methamphetamine. Police said they recovered 38 pounds of cocaine and 42 pounds of meth from the vehicle.

Authorities booked the driver into the Oklahoma County Detention Center on complaints of aggravated trafficking of illegal drugs and use of a firearm while committing a felony. His name has not been released because formal charges have not been filed.

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Man arrested after wrapped ‘Christmas gifts’ turn out to be cocaine, meth