Federal agents knew Michael Mattos was supposed to be bringing 1½ kilos of cocaine from New York to the Eastern Shore of Virginia, but they couldn’t find it during a traffic stop earlier this year in Accomack County.
One, Mattos’ buyer was cooperating with the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Two, a drug dog alerted to the presence of narcotics in Mattos’ SUV and his girlfriend’s rental van.
And three, state police found a hidden – albeit empty – compartment inside the SUV.
They still couldn’t find the drugs, though.