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September 18-- A Telfair County deputy sheriff found more than expected when he stopped a truck hauling tomatoes Saturday afternoon.

{mosimage}Sheriff Johnny Smith says cocaine with an estimated street value of $38 million was found in the truck and in a subsequent search of the area where the subjects lived near Lumber City.  Overall, about 840 pounds of cocaine were found.

"We unloaded the tomatoes.  Me and my investigator Kevin Yawn and my chief deputy and a couple of DEA agents were unloading the tomatoes from the truck.  We'd dump the box out and in the bottom of the box would be a kilo of cocaine.  We found 191 kilos in the truck we unloaded and we found 191 kilos buried in the ground," he said.

Four Hispanic males are in custody and two more are being sought in the case which Sheriff  Smith says is one of the largest drug seizures in recent state history.

"It's the largest one I've ever been involved in and all the guys who participated say it's the largest they've ever been involved in.  It's huge.  I knew we had a drug problem here, but I had no idea these people were involved," he said. 

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is taking the lead in the ongoing investigation, according to Sheriff Smith.