ACSO seizes 12 pounds of cocaine

Published 12:13 am Tuesday, July 9, 2013

NATCHEZ The Adams County Sheriff’s Office seized 12.8 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $384,000, Monday after stopping a suspicious vehicle.

Camara Janella, 34, 125 Chapman St., Providence, R.I., was arrested on drug charges, and the sheriff’s office issued a warrant for Jose Rafael Ortusan Ravera, 32, 435 West Green Street, Hazelton, Pa., after he escaped on foot. He was later arrested.

Sheriff Chuck Mayfield described Ravera as a Hispanic male measuring 5 feet, 3 inches tall.

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Deputies stopped a black GMC truck pulling welding equipment on a flatbed trailer at 11:30 a.m. on U.S. 84 approximately 1 mile from U.S. 61 after discovering the license plate belonged to another vehicle.

After questioning Ravera and Janella, Scout, a K-9 deputy, was brought to the scene to search the vehicle’s exterior.

Scout alerted deputies after searching the outside of the truck.

Deputies searched the undercarriage of the truck, finding a false compartment. They found several bundles of plastic inside the compartment by inserting a fiber-optic camera.

While attempting to detach the compartment from the truck, Ravera took off on foot.

Deputies found what they believed to be cocaine inside the compartment.

Mayfield said field tests came back positive for the drug, but lab tests are pending.

“The dope wasn’t bound for here, but at least we stopped it before it got to its destination,” Mayfield said.

Ravera was arrested at approximately 9:30 p.m. after he wandered onto the Alcorn State University Natchez campus and caused a disturbance at the nursing school building.