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Nogales Border Agents Seize Cocaine from Truck's Fuel Tank

November 16, 2011  | 

Border agents discovered more than 60 pounds of cocaine in a false fuel tank compartment. Photo: CBP
Border agents discovered more than 60 pounds of cocaine in a false fuel tank compartment. Photo: CBP

U.S. customs agents seized more than $500,000 in cocaine from a false compartment of the fuel tank of a Ford F150 truck at a border checkpoint in Nogales, Ariz.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers on Sunday recorded the seizure of cocaine valued at $567,700, after a canine alerted them to narcotics hidden in a 2000 Ford F150 truck driven by a 26-year-old Mexican national.

During a secondary inspection, officers noticed discrepancies in the fuel tank. A canine alerted to the presence of narcotics, leading to the discovery of 26 packages of cocaine weighing more than 60 pounds. The subject was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

Related: Hidden Drugs In Vehicle 'Traps'

Tags: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Drug Trafficking


Comments (2)

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Don Cordell @ 11/18/2011 12:29 AM

What a waste of time, if you want Cocaine, just go to the CIA, who are they trying to compete with? They are small time, the CIA did it in tons at a time in to the airport just north of Mena, AK

Rick @ 11/18/2011 8:10 AM

Thanks to NAFTA, plenty of Mexican trucks are cruising our highways with loads of fuel. The coke is put into the disel and then recovered when the trucks stop on our side of the border. The last that I read, the Mexican trucks weren't being stopped due to the treaty.

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