Florence County deputies charged Irene Barbosa, 32, of Bronx, New York, and Celia Vergara, 23, of Brooklyn, New York, with Trafficking Cocaine.
Deputies and drug agents stopped the two in a traffic stop in Interstate 95 on June 25.
They found more than 10 kilos (2.2 pounds each) of exceptionally pure powder cocaine and a quantity money in a in a hydraulically operated hidden compartment in the back of the Mercury Mountaineer. Deputies estimate the street value of the cocaine at $1,500,000.
Under South Carolina law, First Offense Trafficking Cocaine (400 grams or more) carries a penalty of not less than 3 years nor more than 10 years in prison, no part of which is subject to suspension or probation and a fine of $25,000.
Barbosa and Vergara are being held at the Florence County Detention Center. Additional federal charges are possible.