Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force agents first observed Gonzalez behave suspiciously during a surveillance operation in Dayton on Dec. 11, according to the complaint. An Ohio State trooper followed Gonzalez and stopped him on a traffic violation, but didn’t locate any illegal substances in his vehicle.
The trooper allegedly noticed discrepancies in Gonzalez’s reason for being in Dayton and his travel itinerary. Agents followed Gonzalez to a Kroger in Gahanna, Ohio, according to the complaint. There, Gonzalez allegedly met Nailen and made some sort of exchange.
Police followed Nailen and stopped him on Interstate 70 near Hebron, east of Columbus. There, a drug dog gave a positive alert on Nailen’s truck, the complaint alleges. Police allegedly discovered 38 kilograms of a substance in his vehicle that field-tested positive for cocaine.
Gonzalez was stopped by police on Interstate 71 heading toward Cleveland. Gonzalez allegedly admitted he had received a box from Nailen at the Kroger in Gahanna, and he was heading to Cleveland to drop it off. When the box was opened, it contained seven kilograms of what Gonzales allegedly thought was cocaine, according to the complaint.
Gonzalez allegedly admitted he had dropped off two similar boxes of what was found in his trunk in Dayton. According to the complaint, Gonzalez thought the boxes contained between 10 and 20 kilograms of cocaine.
Nailen and Gonzalez appeared in federal court in Dayton on Thursday, where their pretrial and detention hearings were set for Dec. 18.
(NOTE: This article was updated to reflect additional quantities and types of drugs that investigators from the Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force seized in the case.)