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Man buys minivan, finds $500,000 in cocaine inside

November 14, 2011 | 11:20 am

Car owners often get unwelcome surprises at the repair shop, but not like this one: When a San Jose man took his used minivan in, the mechanic found half a million dollars of cocaine inside the frame.

When the man, who bought the 2008 Chrysler minivan for $14,000 last year, took the car in to the shop recently, the mechanic offered to see why one of the windows wouldn't roll down all the way. That's when he discovered that the door panels were crammed with coke.

The minivan owner turned the drugs over to police. He told the San Jose Mercury News that
he was afraid a drug cartel might be searching for the van and its contents.

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