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    $12 Million Worth of Cocaine Seized At Border

    $12 Million Worth of Cocaine Seized At Border

    Posted: Dec 3, 2009 04:35 PM PST
    By News Channel 3
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    INDIO - Border Patrol agents seized 385 pounds of cocaine on Wednesday, with an estimated street value of $12 million.

    Agents tell News Channel 3 a brown SUV hauling a flatbed trailer was waived for a second inspection at the Highway 86 checkpoint. There, agents used a high-tech device to scan the vehicle, where they found the cocaine hidden in several places.

    Blocks of cocaine were found buried inside a spare tire, audio speaker box, and a tool box affixed to the trailer. In all, 75 blocks were found.

    "The use of advanced technology and a canine team greatly enhanced the Border Patrol's ability to detect an illicit shipment of cocaine," said El Centro Sector Chief Patrol Agent Jeffrey A. Calhoon. "That has doubled last fiscal year's total amount seized by the El Centro Sector. Narcotics seizure of that significant amount will greatly contribute to preventing dangerous drugs from making their way into our communities."

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    C.B.P. News Release

    $12 Million Cocaine Bust Surpasses Total FY 09 Seizures for El Centro Sector

    (Thursday, December 03, 2009)

    Indio, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents working the Highway 86 checkpoint seized approximately 385 pounds of cocaine with an estimated value of $12 million.

    On December 2, at approximately 10 p.m., a brown colored sport utility vehicle hauling a flat bed trailer entered the Highway 86 checkpoint for inspection and was referred to secondary inspection. During the secondary inspection, a large scale imaging system was used to perform a non-intrusive inspection of the vehicle and its contents and an anomaly was discovered within the vehicle's spare tire. A Border Patrol canine team also alerted to several areas to include the vehicle and trailer.

    During a subsequent search, Indio Station agents discovered several packages concealed within the spare tire, hidden within an audio speaker box located inside the vehicle, and hidden within a tool box mounted on the front of the trailer. In total, approximately 75 packages were removed from the vehicle and trailer. The packages contained a white powdery substance that tested positive for the characteristics of cocaine.

    The cocaine weighed approximately 385 pounds and has an estimated value of more than $12 million.

    The driver of the vehicle, a United States Citizen, the vehicle, the trailer and the cocaine were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

    El Centro Sector Chief Patrol Agent Jeffrey A. Calhoon noted how the right combination of personnel and technology were instrumental in affecting a seizure of this magnitude. “The use of this technology and canine teams greatly enhances the Border Patrol’s ability to detect illicit cargo, thus keeping narcotics from making their way into our communities,
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