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CBP Officers in California Stop Las Vegas Resident with Nearly 50 Pounds of Cocaine in Hidden Compartment

Release Date: 
June 23, 2010

Calexico, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the border crossing in downtown Calexico, Calif. seized nearly 50 pounds of cocaine Wednesday from a hidden compartment built into a pickup truck trying to cross into the U.S.

Hidden compartment with narcotics in it.

CBP officers discover nearly 50 pounds of cocaine in a hidden compartment.

At about 8:30 a.m., a CBP officer was roving through the lanes of traffic waiting at the border crossing with his narcotic detector dog when the canine alerted to a maroon 1993 Chevy pickup truck.

CBP officers pulled the vehicle and driver, a 52-year-old male U.S. citizen and resident of Las Vegas, aside for further inspection.

Officers discovered a hidden compartment underneath the pickup truck's console with 13 packages inside. The packages contained 46 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $366,500.

CBP officers seized the vehicle and narcotics, and turned custody of the driver over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017