Arraignment held for motorist caught with large amount of cocaine during York County traffic stop

YORK COUNTY – Pablo Suruy-Hernandez, 40, of Paterson, New Jersey, pleaded not guilty this past week, in York County District Court, as he is accused of being caught with a large amount of cocaine during a traffic stop in York County.

He has been charged with possession of more than 140 grams of cocaine, a Class 1B felony, and having no drug tax stamp, a Class 4 felony.

According to court documents, a trooper with the Nebraska State Patrol was on regular duty on Interstate 80 in York County when he saw a speeding vehicle. He also observed two rental SUVs, which appeared to be traveling together. A traffic stop was initiated on the one which had been speeding.

Hernandez was the driver of the vehicle which had been stopped.

While the trooper was speaking with Hernandez in his cruiser, he heard a dispatch in which someone called 911 to say he was having a heart attack. The York County 911 dispatchers contacted the York Fire Department and the York County Sheriff’s Department. While they looked for the vehicle in question, regarding the alleged medical emergency and couldn’t find it, they were joined by deputies from the Seward County Sheriff’s Department which also couldn’t locate any such situation. The trooper says in the court affidavit he believes this was a ruse 911 call used to take his attention away from his current traffic stop and to release the vehicle.

The trooper said he observed many conflicting aspects of the driver’s story about his travels and he said Hernandez appeared to be extremely nervous. Eventually, Hernandez granted consent to search the vehicle.

A consent search was conducted. Troopers allege they found four heat-sealed packages containing cocaine in the passenger side rear quarter panel. The total weight of the cocaine was determined to be 20 pounds.

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