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Pumped-up kicks: 'Modified shoes' concealed $232,900 worth of cocaine

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   March 9, 2016 at 12:21 PM

EATON, Ohio, March 9 (UPI) -- The Ohio State Highway Patrol shared a photo of six shoe-shaped packages of cocaine discovered in a vehicle during a traffic stop.

The patrol said troopers stopped a rental van, which bore California license plates, about 2:40 p.m. March 2 for following too closely on Interstate 70 in Preble County.

The highway patrol said "criminal indicators were observed," leading troopers to summon a drug-sniffing canine.

Troopers said they found a small baggie of cocaine as well as six packages of the drug that were shaped like shoes due to being concealed inside "modified shoes."

Investigators estimated the street value of the cocaine at about $232,900.

The van's driver, Essex Clark, 47, of Las Vegas, was arrested on charges of possession and trafficking in cocaine and possession of criminal tools.

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