Border Patrol Agents Stop a Volvo with over 36 pounds of Cocaine

Border Patrol Agents Stop a Volvo with over 36 pounds of Cocaine

In the early morning hours of Saturday, September 6, 2014, U.S. Border Patrol agents encountered a 1999 Volvo at the Interstate 5 checkpoint in San Clemente, California. Upon secondary examination, a canine sniff yielded a positive alert for the presence of narcotics within the vehicle.

The driver, a 47-year-old male Mexican national, claimed that he parked his Volvo in Mexico earlier that day. Later, as he crossed the border and drove into the U.S., bundles started to fall from the vehicle’s roof. The man then led officers to the Volvo’s trunk, where several bundles were concealed beneath the vehicle’s spare tire compartment cover.

A full search of the Volvo uncovered 14 bundlers of cocaine spread beneath the backseat floor mat, the rear-quarter panels, and the spare tire compartment. This find weighed in at 36.82 pounds with an estimated street value of $478,660.

The driver was taken into custody for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. He was then handed over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, while his vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

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