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A man was driving from San Antonio to Atlanta. Cocaine seized near Biloxi ended his trip.

Mario Guadalupe Pecina
Mario Guadalupe Pecina

A driver who said he was traveling from Texas to Georgia had 31 kilos of cocaine when he was pulled over on Interstate 10 in Harrison County, a court document says.

Mario Guadalupe Pecina, 44, was driving a 2017 Infiniti ZX90, a luxury sport utility vehicle, when a Border Patrol agent stopped him on a traffic violation near Biloxi, a Homeland Security Investigations agent wrote in a criminal complaint.

Pecina stopped around the 44 mile marker near the Cedar Lake Road exit. He reportedly told the agent he was driving from San Antonio to Atlanta.

A background check showed Pecina had been involved with cocaine seized in 2009, so the agent asked to search his vehicle, the document says.

The agent reported he found 31 packages of cocaine powder hidden inside the door and back hatch panels of the vehicle.

Pecina was being held pending a detention hearing in U.S. District Court.

Prosecutors have asked that Pecina be denied bond, court records show.

A magistrate judge unsealed the criminal complaint Friday after Pecina’s initial court appearance. The document does not say what type of traffic violation he committed.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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