Woman accused of transporting 33 pounds of cocaine
A New York woman was allegedly behind the wheel of an SUV stopped along Interstate 70 on Friday afternoon, a vehicle in which state troopers allegedly found two hidden compartments with 33 pounds of cocaine and more than $5,000 in cash.
Felica Beider, 56, told a Colorado State Trooper who pulled her over for an improper lane change that she was going back and forth between New York and California visiting her daughter, according to an affidavit.
But a national run of Beider’s license plate showed the vehicle was recorded by a license plate reader along Interstate 40 in Arizona two days earlier, according to the trooper. That fact, among other behavioral indicators by Beider, raised the trooper’s suspicions.
Beider refused a search of her vehicle when asked, and a K9 officer alerted to the presence of the odor of illegal narcotics, according the CSP.
Troopers allegedly found two after-market manufactured compartments in the floor of the vehicle. Inside they found 15 packages of cocaine, weighing approximately 33 pounds. They also allegedly found $5,500 in cash.
Law enforcement also seized cellphones, a wireless hotspot, and a GPS unit along with the drugs and the cash.
Beider was advised Tuesday of possible charges of drug distribution and criminal impersonation. A Mesa County judge issued her a $75,000 cash or surety bond in the case.