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51 pounds of cocaine found in gas tank of Nissan Sentra

March 1, 2012 | 10:22 pm

Confiscated cocaine
Border Patrol agents in southeastern San Diego County found 51 pounds of cocaine hidden in the gas tank of a Nissan Sentra, federal authorities said Thursday.

The cocaine, wrapped in 20 bundles, was worth an estimated $513,700, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

The coke was discovered after a 22-year-old woman was pulled over at a checkpoint on Interstate 8 near Pine Valley. The packages were uncovered by agents with the help of a drug-sniffing dog, authorities said.

The woman's name was not released. She is a United States citizen.

The woman and cocaine were turned over to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.


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Photo: More than 50 pounds of cocaine were found in a Nissan Sentra's gas tank. Credit: Department of Homeland Security