36 pounds of cocaine seized at U.S.-Mexican border
Customs officers at the Calexico border checkpoint in Imperial County seized 36 pounds of cocaine from a Mexican resident who was trying to sneak the drugs into the United States, federal authorities said Thursday.
The 16 wrapped packages, valued at about $324,00, were hidden in the undercarriage of a Ford F-250 pickup truck, the Department of Homeland Security said.
Officers used a density measuring device, which registered abnormal readings on the truck's undercarriage and then uncovered the coke with the help of a drug-sniffing dog, authorities said. The discovery occurred Tuesday.
The 38-year-old driver was turned over to immigration authorities. His name was not released.
— Robert J. Lopez
Photo: Confiscated cocaine. Credit: U.S. Department of Homeland Security.