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Woman en route to Arch arrested after 9 kilos of cocaine found in her muffler

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Emilia Morales-Acosta (Credit: Gateway Smuggling Task Force) Emilia Morales-Acosta (Credit: Gateway Smuggling Task Force)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- A woman was arrested after agents found nine kilos of cocaine in the muffler of her pickup truck.

When Emilia Morales-Acosta was pulled over she told officers she was simply on her way to the Gateway Arch with a friend. 

Federal agents said they were monitoring Morales-Acosta and another woman who were staying at the Drury Inn hotel near Interstate 44 and Highway 141 in Fenton.

Agents with the Gateway Smuggling Task Force followed her and pulled her over after a traffic violation on Interstate 44.

A drug sniffing dog found the cocaine in the muffler in nine aluminum wrapped bundles.

"It's awful. That's awful man. It's a place you're supposed to take your family, kids and enjoy yourself. There is no place for any of that," said Kyle Terry. 

Terry was visiting the Arch from Tennessee.

Morales- Acosta is facing federal charges of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.

Agents did not charge the woman riding in the truck with her.

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