Traffic stop leads to million dollar cocaine bust

Twenty-two pounds of cocaine.

That's what Horry County police found inside a hidden compartment of a car they pulled over for speeding Friday night on Highway 501 in the Galivants Ferry area.

It was around 8:20 p.m., when police stopped a 2003 Nissan Maxima driven by Alejandro Valderrabano Contreras, 31.

Contreras told police he did not have a valid driver's license, when they pulled him over, according to Horry County police.

Contreras was taken into custody.

While taking an inventory of items in the car, police found a hidden compartment in the center console. Inside the compartment was 10 kilograms, 22 pounds, of cocaine.

Detectives with the Horry County Police Department's Narcotics and Vice Section responded to the scene and took over the investigation. The case remains under investigation at this time.

The street value of the seized narcotics is $1,000,000.

Contreras is charged with Speeding, No South Carolina Driver License, and Trafficking Cocaine: 400 Grams or More.

He has been denied bond and remains in custody in the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.