Money laundering investigation leads to millions worth of cocaine in Orlando storage locker

Homeland Security Agents say a money laundering investigation out of South Florida led them to a storage unit in Orlando full of millions of dollars worth of cocaine.

Investigators say agents were already watching Wayne Stout, Jr. when he rented a car in Miami and drove to a storage facility on Edgewater Drive in Orlando.

READ: 10-year-old girl facing murder charges for Memorial Day shooting of neighbor

According to court documents, Stout was seen taking a cooler and a duffel bag from one of the storage units and putting them in his rental car before driving to a restaurant in Winter Park.

Agents continued watching as another car pulled up, driven by a man later identified as 55-year-old Avery Lans. Stout was seen giving the bag to Lans before they both left the area.

Investigators say they continued tailing Lans until he appeared to identify the undercover agents following him and began driving recklessly through traffic in an attempt to escape.

Homeland Security Agents say a money laundering investigation out of South Florida led them to a storage unit in Orlando full of millions of dollars of cocaine.
Homeland Security Agents say a money laundering investigation out of South Florida led them to a storage unit in Orlando full of millions of dollars of cocaine.
Investigators found several large coolers in the storage unit stuffed with a total of 109 bricks of cocaine each believed to be kilograms worth $30,000 each.
Investigators found several large coolers in the storage unit stuffed with a total of 109 bricks of cocaine each believed to be kilograms worth $30,000 each.
Investigators say when suspect Avery Lans realized he was being followed by law enforcement, he sped through traffic in an attempt to escape and threw the bag of cocaine out the window.
Investigators say when suspect Avery Lans realized he was being followed by law enforcement, he sped through traffic in an attempt to escape and threw the bag of cocaine out the window.
Agents noted the bricks of cocaine had a visible logo on them, typically meant to convey the specific type and quality of the drugs.
Agents noted the bricks of cocaine had a visible logo on them, typically meant to convey the specific type and quality of the drugs.
Agents say the bricks of cocaine found in the storage unit were similar to the ones found in the bag Lans tried to discard
Agents say the bricks of cocaine found in the storage unit were similar to the ones found in the bag Lans tried to discard
All of the cocaine was taken to the Orange County Sheriff's Office Evidence Storage.
All of the cocaine was taken to the Orange County Sheriff's Office Evidence Storage.

READ: Florida man bitten by an alligator he mistook for a dog

At one point, agents said they saw Lans throw the duffel bag out of the car. Lans was eventually pinned in and taken into custody.

In the bag, agents found five bricks of cocaine weighing about 12 pounds.

Investigators went on to search the storage unit Stout accessed and found several large coolers stuffed with another 109 bricks of cocaine, each believed to be kilograms worth $30,000 each.

READ: Governor signs legislation to improve school safety in Florida

Lans was in federal court Tuesday for a bond hearing. The judge ruled he was a danger to society and a flight risk and ordered him to remain locked up with no bond.

Stout was picked up in South Florida and has a hearing Wednesday morning to determine whether he’ll be brought back to Orange County to face charges.

Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.