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    Cocaine seized after Sturbridge traffic stop

    A New York man is facing charges after State Police allegedly found about 6 pounds of what they believe to be cocaine in his backpack early Wednesday during a traffic stop in Sturbridge.

    Soumana Mounkaila, 46, of the Bronx, N.Y., will face six charges in Dudley District Court that include trafficking cocaine, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct, State Police said.

    Mounkaila was stopped by Trooper Jason Trout for motor vehicle violations on Interstate 84 eastbound at about 3:40 a.m., State Police said.


    While Trout was checking his identity, Mounkaila allegedly reached for a backpack sitting on the floor behind the car’s passenger’s seat.

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    He became uncooperative and tried to drive away, prompting Trout to call for additional troopers, the State Police statement said.

    A search of the vehicle uncovered three packages wrapped in plastic wrap, each weighing about 2 pounds and filled with a substance believed to be cocaine, State Police said.

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