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Federal Agents Find 14.5 Pounds of Cocaine in SUV Gas Tank

The smell of gasoline wasn't enough to hide the odor from a drug-sniffing dog.

Six bundles of cocaine were found in a gas tank of a SUV trying to get through the San Clemente checkpoint Wednesday. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Border Patrol.
Six bundles of cocaine were found in a gas tank of a SUV trying to get through the San Clemente checkpoint Wednesday. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Border Patrol.

Federal agents discovered nearly 15 pounds of cocaine in a car’s gas tank Wednesday.

U.S. Border Patrol agents stopped a woman driving a compact SUV at the San Clemente checkpoint around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, according to a press release. A dog alerted to the presences of drugs, and agents did a thorough search.

Six bundles of cocaine were concealed inside the gas tank, the release said. The narcotics were accessible through an access panel for the fuel-sending unit, which was found under the back seat.

The six bundles contained approximately 14.55 pounds of cocaine, worth approximately $189,150. 

The woman and the cocaine were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Border Patrol seized the Mazda Tribute. 

Tye Plummer April 17, 2014 at 01:50 PM
Excellent job by our drug enforcement and border check agencies! Keep up the good work! Keep that crap out of our country.
Donna Fleming April 17, 2014 at 02:21 PM
Thank you border patrol. You guys are doing a cracker jack job sniffing out drugs before they get past the check points. Good job!
Rocky Neidhardt April 17, 2014 at 03:04 PM
You guys are so blind to the reality.. This checkpoint actually let's tons of drugs through on purpose daily.. The cartels and the BP are working together. These "Big busts" are purely symbolic. They help keep the funding coming.. It is all a big lie.
sklogw April 21, 2014 at 04:23 PM
Legalize it all.
Steve Deck April 22, 2014 at 01:12 AM
On 2 different occasions I've been at Crystal Cove with an empty illegal alien boat on shore being attended by boarder patrol agents. There were no illegals in custody, probably in Santa Ana. There is definitely room for improvement as far as boarder security is concerned.

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