Yellowhead Highway bust nets cocaine from secret compartment

A British Columbia man is facing drug trafficking charges after police pulled him over and discovered a secret compartment in his SUV, containing 5 kilos of cocaine.

Five kilograms of cocaine stashed inside the hidden compartment in Jeep

Police say the accused was working as a smuggler for an organized crime group operating in Abbotsford, B.C. (Supplied by ALERT)

A British Columbia man faces drug trafficking charges after police pulled him over and discovered five kilograms of cocaine hidden in a secret compartment in his SUV.

The 27-year-old from Abbotsford was arrested on Feb. 26 as he was driving his Jeep into Edmonton on the Yellowhead Highway.

After an extensive search of the vehicle, officers discovered the stash tucked inside what police called a "complex" hydraulic hidden compartment.

The stash has an estimated street value of $500,000, according to investigators with the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team, who believe the suspect has ties to an organized crime organization based in the Abbotsford area.

The accused is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking. His Jeep was seized and will be submitted for civil forfeiture.

ALERT say their joint investigation with police in Abbotsford and Vancouver began in November 2015 after they received new information about inter-provincial drug trafficking.