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CBP Officers Find $1.3 Million Worth of Cocaine in Spare Tire and Tool Box

Release Date: 
September 12, 2013

OTAY MESA, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa port of entry yesterday discovered $1.3 million worth of cocaine concealed in the spare tire and in the tool box of a Ford F-150 pickup truck.


Rubber of spare tire cut back revealing packages of cocaine

Rubber of spare tire cut back revealing packages of cocaine

On September 10, at about 5 a.m., a CBP officer and his canine were screening vehicles as the occupants waited in line for inspection, when the detector dog alerted to the spare tire of the white F-150 pickup. Officers escorted the driver, a 28-year-old male, and the vehicle for a more in-depth investigation.

Officers searched the vehicle and found 23 wrapped packages of cocaine hidden in the spare tire and an additional 20 wrapped packages in a compartment hidden within the tool box that was affixed to the bed of the truck.

CBP officers seized the cocaine, weighing almost 113 pounds, and the truck.

The driver, a U.S. citizen and resident of Tijuana, Mexico, was arrested and booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center.

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February 9, 2017