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Agents at I-8 Checkpoint Seize $2.8 Million in Cocaine

Release Date: 
April 7, 2011

Calexico, Calif. - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico station interdicted a cocaine smuggling attempt worth an estimated $2.8 million at the Interstate 8 checkpoint yesterday.

At approximately 9 a.m., agents working primary inspection encountered a white Ford F-250 pickup truck being driven by a 54-year-old Mexican man with a valid permanent resident card. A cursory inspection was performed by a Border Patrol canine team resulting in a positive alert.

The driver was referred to secondary inspection where a thorough search resulted in the discovery of multiple packages of cocaine concealed within a non-factory compartment. The total weight of the packaged cocaine is approximately 88 pounds.

The driver, vehicle and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021