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36 pounds of cocaine seized at U.S.-Mexican border

September 1, 2011 |  9:11 pm

Cocaine Seized
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.


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Photo: Confiscated cocaine. Credit: U.S. Department of Homeland Security.