08 December 2023- Two truck drivers from Florida are behind bars today on major drug trafficking charges following a stop on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Metal Township. Noel Nelson Mateo and David Duclos are both charged with felony possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy/conduct. Both Mateo and Duclos are behind bars on $250,000 bail in Franklin County.
PSP Troopers were on regular patrol of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76EB) in Franklin County around 2:30pm on December 7th when they allegedly spotted a white Freightliner tractor trailer with heavily tinted windows. Due to the standard traffic violation, officers pulled the vehicle over around mile marker 189 in Metal Township, Franklin County.
The driver of the truck, Noel Mateo, and his passenger, David Duclos, were identified by PSP Troopers by their Florida licenses. Over the course of the incident, police came to believe that there were indications of criminal activity present and they asked for a search of the vehicle. Being denied by the men, a PSP K9 unit was called in to do an exterior search, which resulted in a positive alert by the dog. The men, their vehicle, and the trailer were all transported to PSP Chambersburg to await a search warrant.
After a warrant was granted, the truck was searched by officers. During the search, Troopers allegedly found two boxes in the sleeper cabin section containing 22 separate kilogram packages of cocaine. Additionally, a small bag at the bottom of the bunk bed contained two loaded firearms, with another bag containing a loaded gun being found shortly after.
22 kilograms is about 48 pounds, which would amount to a street value somewhere near $660,000 according to court documents. The packages were field tested for cocaine and returned positive results.
Both Mateo and Duclos are behind bars on $250,000 each. Their preliminary hearings are set for December 19th.
Sources: Docket Number: MJ-39303-CR-0000163-2023, Incident No.: PA 2023-1599064, Docket Number: MJ-39303-CR-0000164-2023